Protection of Children

Parent News Notes

The Office for the Protection of Children from the Archdiocese of Dubuque, provides a five part series of parent NewsNotes. The purpose of these publications is to help all of us be more informed of the issues and topics related to the abuse of children. It is our sincere hope that by partnering together we can continually provide the safest possible environment for all our young people to grow into healthy, Christ-filled adults.

These News Notes can be found under the Parent Intro And NewsNotes tab. NewsNotes will also be distributed electronically to families with children registered in our Faith Formation programs. Additional resources can be found at the Virtus website at http://www.virtusonline.org.

Safe Environment Training for Children 

Under the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, all dioceses in the United States have agreed to do the following:

  1. Establish age-appropriate safe environment training for children. Key training components are to include information about quality relationships, proper forms of touch, actions to take in uncomfortable situations, and reporting possible abuse. This program is not the same as sex education.

  2. Offer the training to all children/young people.

  3. Document that the training has taken place.

While all children are to be offered the Archdiocesan safe environment training, a parent/guardian can refuse to allow their child to participate in the Archdiocesan training. The parent refusal form can be found under Parent Letter and Refusal Form. Please note the dates indicated on the form for return.