Protecting God’s Children is a three-hour mandatory training workshop for all Diocesan employees and volunteers designed to help recognize and prevent the sexual abuse of children. All parish volunteers and staff must attend one of the sessions that will be held at various parishes throughout the Eparchy.
No person will be permitted to minister, work, or serve in the parish in positions that require direct contact with children without having completed the program of “Protecting God’s Children for Adults,” commonly referred to as CAP [Child Abuse Prevention training].
What is CORI? C.O.R.I. is; Criminal Offender Record Information, which consists of records and data in any communicable form compiled by a Massachusetts criminal justice agency about an identifiable individual that relate to:
- Nature or disposition of a criminal charge,
- An arrest,
- A pre-trial proceeding,
- Other judicial proceedings,
No person will be permitted to minister, work, or serve in the parish in a capacity involving contact with children under age eighteen (18) without having submitted Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI). The parish also requires a CORI check for positions that do not serve children directly, but which potentially include un-monitored access to children, as well as positions that include work with the elderly and the disabled. The Criminal Offender Record Information for these persons is renewed annually.
VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote “rightdoing” within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church.
Registration is required and may be done online at www.virtus.org.
CHILD LURES PREVENTION
Welcome to the nation’s leading child personal safety program.
Our mission is to help ensure the personal safety of children and youth through increased awareness, education, advocacy and action. Our goal is to prevent all forms of child victimization by teaching families, professionals and other community members how to recognize, interrupt and report inappropriate behaviors and situations.
CLP/TLP helps children and teens stay safe from sexual abuse, harassment, abduction, drugs and bullying/cyberbullying. This is accomplished through:
- emphasizing every child’s right to live free of abuse,
- promoting healthy social relationships,
- nurturing mutual kindness and respect,
- setting personal and digital boundaries,
- teaching age-appropriate Child Lures and practicing proven prevention strategies for each lure,
- identifying trusted adults and
- upholding a zero tolerance environment in which harassment & abuse are openly discussed and disclosed.