Safe Environment Training for Children
Child sexual abuse prevention includes empowering children by teaching them personal safety skills that help keep them safe from dangerous and abusive situations, including internet safety awareness. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany provides an age-appropriate curriculum for Safe Environment training to be used by parish faith formation programs. Parishes are provided with training DVDs for K - 2, and grades 3 – 5, as well as a DVD for middle through high school-aged children, and are directed to present these DVDs each year. During the 2017-2018 catechetical year, we trained 11,874 children/youth in grades k-12 in our parishes.
Parishes advise parents each year that Safe Environment training will be presented. They encourage parental involvement in reinforcing what their children learn by providing information and materials so that parents may fulfill their role as the “primary educators” of their children. Parishes should also provide the opportunity for parents to “opt-out” of this training for their children, and must keep a written record of these opt-outs.
Each year in the month of October, each parish shows the age-appropriate, diocesan-produced safe environment DVD, “Welcome to our Safe Environment,” to all children. Parents can preview them below.