Safeguard the Children

Protecting Our Children Programs, Support & Information

promisetoprotectAbout Safeguard the Children

Safeguard the Children is a comprehensive program designed to promote a safe environment for children, youth and vulnerable adults and prevent child sexual abuse. The program was initiated in all dioceses in the United States at the direction of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). There is a Safeguard the Children (STC) Committee in each parish which helps to implement the objectives of the USCCB “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.” To learn more about the Virtus program, see www.virtus.org.

Making a Report of Misconduct

You may make a report of suspected sexual misconduct at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles’ sexual misconduct reporting line: 1-800-355-2545.

Archdiocesan Requirements

VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children Adult Awareness Session is a three-hour training that helps clergy, staff, volunteers and parents to understand the facts and myths about child sexual abuse; how perpetrators operate; and how caring adults can take five important steps to keep children safe.  Read more…

 

Safeguard the Children Committee

Our Lady of Lourdes has an active STC Committee chaired by a parishioner. Other members include the Director of Religious Education, the school principal, the Business Manager, the Director of Youth Ministry, and other school parents and parishioners.  Meetings are held quarterly or more often as needed.

Contact STC Chair at safeguard@ollnr.org

Goals

  • To provide education and mandated training for all staff and volunteers to promote a heightened awareness of their role and responsibility regarding the safety of children, youth and vulnerable adults.
  • To provide training to all children in the school and Religious Education Programs tohelp them know how to help them know how to respect their bodies, trust their self-protective instincts and learn when and how to seek adult help.
  • To provide an annual parish-wide educational event during Child Abuse PreventionMonth in April.
  • To perform an annual self-assessment of the compliance of the parish to the regulations of the Safeguard the Children Program of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Archdiocese has produced an informative brochure entitled “Working Together” that provides resources on how to prevent abuse and provides information on reporting child abuse.