Safe Environment

Protecting God's Children

The Diocese of Charleston is very pro-active in its attempt to keep everyone that is involved in parish life safe. It is mandatory, according to diocesan guidelines, that any adult – employee or volunteer - who has access to minor children or vulnerable adults must submit a background screening form, sign a Volunteer Code of Conduct and complete an Acknowledgement of Receipt of the Diocesan Policy.  In addition, they must take an online Sexual Abuse Awareness class: Safe Haven: It's Up To You

Registration and additional information for the Safe Haven class is done by clicking the link on the Safe Haven instruction flyer.    The Safe Haven: It's Up To You class takes approximately about 1.5 hours.  When completed, participants will take a brief test  and print out a certificate.  A copy of the certificate must be given to the Safe Environment Coordinator along with the completed Background Screening Form, Volunteer Code of Conduct and Appendix B: Acknowledgement of Receipt of the Diocesan Policy.    These documents MUST be turned in BEFORE employees or volunteers begin.

For more information about Safe Environment policies, contact Cherie Smith, Safe Environment Coordinator, at 803-788-3252 x 321 or csmith@sjnchurch.com   

 

These are the forms and documents that pertain to volunteers and employees . 

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Acknowledgement Form pdf_icon.png pdf_icon.png
Background Screening Forms pdf_icon.png pdf_icon.png
Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People pdf_icon.png pdf_icon.png
Childrens Program Annual Reporting Form pdf_icon.png  
Code of Conduct pdf_icon.png pdf_icon.png
How to Report Allegations of Sexual Abuse pdf_icon.png pdf_icon.png
Master List Format pdf_icon.png  
Opt-Out Template Letter pdf_icon.png pdf_icon.png
Policy Concerning Allegations of Sexual Misconduct pdf_icon.png pdf_icon.png
Sexual Misconduct or Abuse Report Form pdf_icon.png pdf_icon.png
Victim Assistance Coordinator brochure pdf_icon.png pdf_icon.png

 

Below are the links to the Safe Touching classes 2017-18. 

  • We will offer the class on Oct. 18 and a make-up class will be offered Oct. 25. 
  • Parents are encouraged to view the lesson plans before the class is offered. 
  • Parents have the right to opt their children in or out of the Safe Touching class by completing the Opt-Out Template Letter above. 

 

Lesson Plan Materials for Grades K through 2 (English Version)

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Lesson Plans 2017: Boundaries Lesson Plans 2018: Telling Someone You Trust (combined)

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Lesson Plans 2017 & 2018: Handout for Students (Word Puzzle)

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Lesson Plans 2017: Boundaries  en Español Lesson Plans 2018: Telling Someone You Trust (combined)

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Lesson Plan Materials for Grades 3 through 5 (English Version)

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Lesson Plan Materials for Grades 6 through 8 (English Version)

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Lesson Plan Materials for Grades 9 through 12 (English Version)

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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 Touching Safety program guide (Teaching Touching Safety Guide) is a tool designed to assist parents and teachers in this important task.  The Touching Safety 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. 

The Touching Safety Program lessons were created for four specific age groups:

Grades K through 2
Grades 3 through 5
Grades 6 through 8
Grades 9 through 12 

Each year, the program provides a theme that introduces and builds on the basic concepts of the Teaching Touching Safety Guide. The material is developmentally appropriate for each age group and includes content and activities that reinforce the message. 

Thank you for supporting us in our efforts to make St. John Neumann a place where everyone is welcome to join us in faith, hope, charity and safety. 

Pax Christi,
Cherie Smith
Director of Religious Education

 

Overview of Touching Safety Program for Diocese of Charleston
Información General en Español 
Opt-Out Template
Opt Out en Español
 

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