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RESOURCES AND SUPPORT

INTRODUCTION

This page is made available for the use of pastors, principals, compliance representatives, and directors of religious education and youth ministry. The purpose is to provide resources that may be useful for carrying out various elements of the Safe Environment Program.

The materials on this page have come to our attention in a number of ways. Where possible, the source of the recommendation is noted.

In the end, materials must be reviewed and selected by parishes and schools to fit the needs and sensibilities of the local community. Call Dr. Duckro at 520-838-2513 for up-to-date information regarding any resource noted.

In turn, if you have identified other resources that have proven themselves in your parish or school Safe Environment Program, please let him know of them.

We would like this page to be an evolving source of useful information.

Resource and Support Table of Contents

Arizona's Child Abuse Mandatory Reporting Law
Diocesan Policies:
Code of Conduct | Guidelines for the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Misconduct
Education of Children and Youth Recommended Programs: Children | Teens
Other Programs:
Children | Teens
Parent Education
Internet Safety
Resource Materials:
Videos | Print | Web Sites
Employees and Volunteers:
Videos | Print | Web Sites
Documents Online and/or for PDF Downloading

Arizona's Child Abuse Mandatory Reporting Law

Mandatory Reporting Law Review View Online
(While intended for teachers, this review will be helpful for all employees and volunteers.)

Handouts to Accompany Employee and Volunteer Education
English PDF | Spanish PDF

Summary of Updates

Importante información actualizada para el reporte por ley obligatorio del abuso a menores en el estado de Arizona.

Recurso: resumen de la ley, Estatutos Revisados de Arizona 13-3620

ARS 13-3620 -- Duty to report abuse, physical injury, neglect and denial or deprivation of medical or surgical care or nourishment of minors; medical records; exception; violation; classification; definitions

Diocesan Policies


Guidelines for the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Misconduct

Download as PDF

Code of Conduct for All Who Minister in the Diocese of Tucson

Código de Conducta Por Todos Aquellos Que Desempeñan Ministerios en la Diócesis de Tucson

Summary Statement of Guidelines for the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Misconduct

Sumario de la Declaración -- Pautas para la Prevención y la Respuesta a la Mala Conduct Sexual

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
(http://www.usccb.org/ocyp/OCYP_SafeEnvironmentWorkGroup.pdf)

Recommended Programs

Children

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).

Parent Education

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) English PDF Spanish PDF


This program of the Diocese of Tucson is described above. It contains a general outline for the education of parents. The basic principle is that parents are the primary educators of their children. It is important for parents to know as much as possible about the dangers their children face so that they can provide appropriate information and supervision. At the same time, no parent raises a child independent of the larger community. It is equally important that parents know about the resources available from parish, school, law enforcement and other civic agencies. Together, community, parents and children weave the most effective web of safety.

Guidelines for Parents: Maintaining a Safe Environment for Your Children
MSWord | PDF

Guía para padres: Cómo mantener un entorno seguro para sus hijos
MSWord | PDF

The name of the parish or school can be entered on the MSWord document.

Danger: Internet! Tips for Parents PDF
Peligro: ¡Internet¡ Consejos para Padres de Familia PDF


Parent Education Program: Personal Safety

This program is delivered by Catholic Social Services. Presentations, in Spanish or English, may be offered as a parent-based alternative to the education of children in personal safety or as an adjunct to the personal safety education provided to children and youth. Call Mr. Michael Ponce (520-623-0344) for more information.

Internet Safety

Law Enforcement Agencies in the state of Arizona, together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and its local offices have united against Internet child predators with a coalition called Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children (AZICAC). To access valuable information related to speakers, videos and other resources or to find out if your community law enforcement agency is in partnership with AZICAC, visit their Website at http://azicac.org/

In addition to investigating on-line child pornography cases, the FBI office in or near your community provides Internet Safety Training for children and parents. The Tucson FBI's Cyber Squad is headed by Agent Robin Andrews. They have prepared presentations targeted at middle-school-age children that they will bring to your school or parish. To locate your local FBI office, go to www.fbi.gov

An excellent publication on the FBI Website is the Parents Guide to Internet Safety which can also be downloaded as a PDF document: http://www.fbi.gov/publications/pguide/pguidee.htm.

Det. John Taylor is a member of the Pima County Attorney's staff who is an expert in crimes against minors using the Internet. He has provided programs on this subject to youth and adults with great impact. Contact information is available through OCAAP.

The former web site has many other relevant articles that may be of use to you.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com) sponsors two web sites that provide particular information on internet dangers and solutions. One is www.netsmartz.org. The other is www.GetNetWise.org.

www.internetsafety.com
This site is the home of "Safe Eyes," a parental controls program that has been recommended by some safe environment coordinators in other arch/dioceses. The program can be used in homes or in offices to prevent inappropriate use of internet connections. The site also includes useful materials for parent education in this important area.

www.netsmartz.org
This site is a resource for educational materials that can be used with students, parents and staff to make all more aware of how to use the Internet safely. There is a wealth of information at this site that can be used freely.

Resource Materials


Print (Download PDF)

Web Sites (Download PDF)

Employees and Volunteers: Education/Screening/Supervision

Videos

Diocese of Tucson Safe Environment Program (Mandatory Reporting Law)

This video, issued in August, 2007, replaces the Protecting Our Children: Our Common Commitment video.

This video can be used both as an orientation for new personnel and for the annual re-education of personnel.

It should be accompanied by the Code of Conduct (English PDF / Spanish PDF), the Summary of the Guidelines (English PDF / Spanish PDF), and the Handout on the Mandatory Reporting Law (English PDF / Spanish PDF). Viewing of the video should be followed by discussion and signing of the parish or school Attestation (English PDF / Spanish PDF). A User’s Guide is provided to assist in leading the discussion.

The video is available in English and Spanish on a single DVD. Copies have been distributed to all parishes and schools. Additional copies are available for $10 from Cathy N. Moore, Executive Assistant (OCAAP) at 520-838-2513 or cathym@diocesetucson.org

Other

Most local Police Departments, County Sheriffs, and County Attorneys will offer some form of training.

Internet pornography and solicitation of minors constitute an increasingly important area. The Pima County Attorney's Office and the Tucson Police Department, among others, have experts on the subject who may be contacted to present to the parish or school.

Documents for Downloading:

Guidelines for the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Misconduct PDF


Code of Conduct for All Who Minister in the Diocese of Tucson PDF

Código de Conducta Por Todos Aquellos Que Desempeñan Ministerios en la Diócesis de Tucson PDF

Protecting Our Children Card for Employees and Volunteers PDF

Summary Statement of Guidelines for the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Misconduct PDF

Sumario de la Declaración -- Pautas para la Prevención y la Respuesta a la Mala Conduct Sexual PDF

Child Abuse Hotline Report Form PDF (Mandated reporting sources must follow-up all telephone reports to Child Protective Services (CPS) with a written statement within 72 hours. Completing this form fulfills the written requirement for mandated reporting sources.)

Diocese of Tucson Child Abuse Report Form PDF

Forms for Human Resources Administration: Application, Attestation, Permission to Obtain Information for Criminal History and Background Checks :