Saint Brigid Religious Education
100 Mayflower Street
West Hartford, CT 06110

Protecting God's Children

The Archdiocese of Hartford, as well as all Catholic diocese in the United States, require that all adults who are parish employees and volunteers, including priests and deacons, over the age of 18 who have regular contact with children, to complete a background check authorization and attend a 3 hour VIRTUS training session on sexual abuse awareness. All teachers must be in full compliance before they begin teaching.

In the Archdiocese of Hartford, we have two VIRTUS programs, Protecting God's Children for Adults, and Child Lures Prevention program Think First & Stay Safe for school children. A trained person from the Archdiocese delivers these programs.

Protecting God's Children for Adults

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. They learn about the warning signs of potential sex offenders and unsafe situations that could place a child or a vulnerable adult at risk of abuse. Participants are provided with an overview of the Diocese Code of Conduct and our Diocesan Policy relating to Sexual Abuse of Minors.

Child Lures Prevention Program for Children

The Child Lures Program deals with teaching the children about the dignity of all people and the dangers that are contrary to the Catholic belief. It presents a balanced perspective, repeatedly assuring children that the vast majority of educators, clergy and other adults are sincerely committed to the happiness and well-being of children and would not take advantage of them. Those who prey on children are the exception. The program is age-appropriate, with lesson plans for each level.

Here at St. Brigid, we participate in these programs and we are dedicated to protecting all God's children.

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