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Education of Children and Youth and their Parents in Personal Safety

Education of children and youth should be integrated into the curriculum, held during a regular class period, and repeated at least annually. Parents should be involved with a class of their own in which they learn what will be taught to their children and how they can maintain a safe environment in the home.

Parents should be invited to observe educational programs in which their children participate. All parents have the right to decline participation by their child in programs of the parish or school, but this decision should be communicated in writing for the parish or school record.

The following programs have been reviewed and found to be effective in the experience of local personnel or others who have shared resources with the diocese. However, parishes and schools are free to select other programs on the basis of local needs. These programs should be submitted to the pastoral center for review.

Additional information regarding the education of children and youth is contained in the report from the USCCB, Safe Environment Training of Children in the Catholic Church

Recommended Programs

Personal Safety Curriculum for Children and Youth PDF
Curriculum Appendix: Education Log PDF
Curriculum Appendix: Code of Conduct PDF

Personal Safety Education Update for Parents (flyer) PDF

This program is a component of the Safe Environment Education Program of the Diocese of Tucson. Although it is now the recommended program for the education of children and youth in personal safety, parishes and schools are still free to retain or develop other programs that are found to be more appropriate for the local community, so long as they are approved by the Office of Child, Adolescent and Adult Protection (OCAAP) and reported on annually in terms of their successful implementation.

This curriculum provides pedagogical material for each grade from Pre-K through 8. There is a general outline for the education of high school age students, based in part on the book, Creating Safe and Sacred Places: Identifying, Preventing, and Healing Sexual Abuse (see Other Programs). There is a general outline for parent education. The underlying principle is that children can play a role in their own safety if they understand the basic concepts of recognize, resist and report in a manner appropriate for their age and maturity.

The Personal Safety Curriculum for Children and Youth is now available in Spanish, as translated by Evelia Villegas of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Yuma. Contact Evelia directly at 928-782-1875 for further information regarding content, format and price.

La Materia de Seguridad Personal para Niños y Jóvenes está disponible en Español, traducida por Evelia Villegas de la parroquia St. Francis of Assisi en Yuma.  Comuníquese directamente al 928-782-1875 para información adicional acerca del contenido, formato y precio.

Keeping Kids Safe: P.S. It's My Body!

The Southern Arizona Children's Advocacy Center (SACAC) offers a Community Outreach and Education Program entitled Keeping Kids Safe. This comprehensive, school-based child abuse prevention, awareness and intervention program is designed to:

1) Teach children to reduce their vulnerability to abuse (particularly sexual abuse)
2) Assist parents, school staff and child care providers in recognizing risk factors and signs of abuse, and in developing child protection strategies
3) Promote mandated reporting of suspected abuse.

Training sessions are available, in both English and Spanish, for staff and volunteers, parents, and students from pre-kindergarten through the 7th Grade) throughout Southern Arizona.
Typical training sessions include the following.
1) Staff and Volunteers: "Recognizing and Responding to Suspected Child Abuse," mandated reporter training.
2) Parents: Parental involvement and participation is an integral part of P.S. It's My Body! (see below). Parents are informed as to what their children will learn and also receive important information about how to keep their children safe
3) Students:  P.S. It's My Body! is a research-based curriculum that utilizes age-appropriate lessons, activities and presentations to teach children the three "Rs" of personal safety: "Recognize," "Resist," and "Report."

To schedule, call 520-243-6420.

Teens

Personal Safety Curriculum for Children and Youth PDF
Curriculum Appendix: Education Log PDF
Curriculum Appendix: Code of Conduct PDF

Personal Safety Education Update for Parents (flyer) PDF

This program of the Diocese of Tucson is described above. It contains a general outline for the education of high school age students, based in part on the book, Creating Safe and Sacred Places: Identifying, Preventing, and Healing Sexual Abuse (see Other Programs).



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