Protecting God's Children® for Adults is training conducted by VIRTUS® certified facilitators on the prevention of child sexual abuse. The training makes participants aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse. Two videos are the centerpiece of the training: A Time to Protect God's Children™ and A Plan to Protect God's Children™. The facilitators incorporate policies and procedures into the training defining child sexual abuse, addressing the reporting of child sexual abuse, the screening and selection of employees and volunteers, and victim advocacy.
This training is mandatory for all employees and for all volunteers who have contact with children. Pre-registration for in-person workshops is required. There is also an online training option. Click the button below to access the VIRTUS Online training center. There is a downloadable instruction sheet as well to help with the registration process.
Once yearly, our parish also provides video and discussion resources to our parents, teachers, and students through a program called Protecting God's Children, Empowering God's Children®. This safety program is a vehicle through which parents, teachers, catechists, and youth ministers (educators) give children and young people the tools they need to protect themselves from those who might harm them. Below you will find the video links, accessible year-round, for the age-appropriate videos, as well as the lesson guides with discussion questions for the Empowering God's Children program.