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The Office of Safe Environment is committed to maintain a safe environment for children and youth. Our mission is to ensure the safety of children and young people who have been entrusted to our care in our parishes, schools, religious education classes, and other programs. We assist parishes and schools in understanding and implementing the USCCB's Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. This includes criminal background check screening and training in recognizing and reporting child abuse to appropriate civil and church authorities. It is comprised of 1 inititial 3 hour session and future refresher sessions.
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Protecting God's Children's" is the program selected by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to educate clergy, staff, and volunteers who work with children and youth about raising awareness of surroundings and warning signs of possible abuse and the ways to create a safe environment for children.
The 3-hour live session includes videos and facilitated discussions that focus on the prevention of abuse and the protection of children. Adults learn how to recognize the warning signs of abuse and to respond appropriately. You will learn about steps that the faith community can take to create a safe environment for all God's children and how to respond when adults behave in a way that raises concerns.
"Keeping the Promise Alive" is a mandatory refresher course that went into effect in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston in 2011. Employees and volunteers are required to attend "Keeping the Promise Alive" after 5 years of attending the "Protecting God's Children"® program.
It is a 1.5 hour live session with one video that provides ongoing awareness for the prevention of child sexual abuse. The material covered in "Keeping the Promise Alive" is designed to identify and reinforce the lessons of the original "Protecting God's Children" program by clarifying some of the more challenging aspects of the sessions and strengthening the participants' ability to recognize risky behavior by adults in their environments and take action to intervene in potentially threatening situations.