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