Letter from Bishop Kettler
Training of Students
“The job of ensuring children’s safety is a challenging undertaking. The prevention of child sexual abuse requires more than adult awareness, education, and training about the nature and scope of the problem. We must also give our children the tools they need to overcome the advances of someone who intends to do them harm. The Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide is a tool designed to assist parents and teachers in this important task. The Empowering God’s Children program is a vehicle through which parents, teachers, catechists, and youth ministers give children and young people the tools they need to protect themselves from those who might harm them.
Each year, the program provides a theme that introduces and builds on the basic concepts of the Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide. The material is developmentally appropriate for each age group and includes content and activities that reinforce the message”. (Virtus)
The Diocese of Saint Cloud is excited about using the materials from Virtus to train the children and youth of the diocese about safety and to give parents and teachers the tools they need to address this very important topic.