THE PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN PROGRAM
Most organizations that work with children have some sort of child safety program. Through the Protecting God’s Children program, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles helps churches and religious organizations refine their roles as child-safe environments and empowers caring adults to protect children.
The Protecting God’s Children program educates and trains adults (clergy, religious, teachers, staff, volunteers, and parents) about the dangers of abuse, the warning signs of abuse, the ways to prevent abuse, the methods of properly reporting suspicions of abuse, and responding to allegations of abuse.
The program is comprehensive and multi-dimensional—incorporating proven best practice standards for the prevention of child sexual abuse by clergy, staff, volunteers, and others who interact with children within the church or school environment. It is a three-hour live session which educates attendees in understanding the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five empowerment steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse.