CALLED TO PROTECT – SAFE ENVIRONMENT
Creating a safe environment at Christ the King Cathedral.
All employees and all ministers/volunteers are required to complete Safe Environment Training every five years. This includes all members of parish committees, commissions, councils and anyone involved in ministry or volunteering here at the parish.
The first half of the program is “Called to Protect for Parents and Families,” which is open to anyone who would like to know more on this topic, and the second half is “Called to Protect for Ministries.” This program will educate and empower adults about how to help prevent abuse.
Training sessions are offered on dates announced in the bulletin in the Kasteel Hall of the Family Activity Center. Sessions are 2 1/2 to 3 hours in length. Please plan to attend one of these sessions. For more information or to register for a date, contact Margo Gonzalez in the parish office at 792-6168. You may also contact the Diocese of Lubbock at 792-3943, to find upcoming training sessions in the diocese that you may attend.
Called to Protect™ for Ministries
Those in church leadership carry a special duty to see that all church employees and volunteers are suitable to be in positions of trust with minors, and that all church-sponsored activities and programs ensure the safety of program participants.
Called to Protect™ for Ministries teaches a five-step model for keeping parishes safe.
Step One: Screening. What to look for on an application, how to get useful information from
references, the importance of sex offender and criminal background checks, and questions to ask during interviews.
Step Two: Interacting. How to use policies to define acceptable verbal and physical
interactions between adults and children, and how to identify interactions that could indicate a child may be at risk for abuse or is already being abused.
Step Three: Monitoring. Why child molesters need privacy and how to monitor high risk building locations, activities, and interactions between adults and children and between
Step Four: Training. What church leaders, parents, and youths need to know to contribute
to creating and maintaining safe environments and how abuse affects children, their parents, and those who serve and care for them.
Step Five: Responding. Understand the difference between suspicious or inappropriate
interactions and allegations of abuse, and how to respond in ways that respect the rights of everyone while complying with the law.
Called to Protect™ for Parents & Families
This part of Called to Protect™ is designed exclusively for parents. It recognizes that parents are the first and foremost protectors of their children and it gives them the skills and information they need to fulfill this important mission.
- How to recognize interactions between adults and children that may be
- inappropriate or put a child at risk for abuse.
- How to respond if they see something of concern.
- Signs to watch for that could indicate a child has been abused.
- Skills to begin teaching children how to protect themselves from abuse.
- Most importantly, parents and families can use the skills and information they learn to keep their children safe in environments such as school, child care, and sports programs.
Victim Assistance Coordinator
Believe in the possibility of hope and healing. There is hope.
Your local Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help you or anyone who has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church. We will listen to your needs and support you. We will help you make a formal complaint and arrange a personal meeting with the Bishop, or his delegate, if desired. We encourage you to come forward and speak out. The Victim Assistance Coordinator in your (arch) diocese/ eparchy is: Oscar Reyes 543-9178