In compliance with the Los Angeles Archdiocese Safeguard the Children program, the Old Mission Santa Inés Safeguiard the Children team offers VIRTUS® Protecting God's Children Adult Awareness and Recertification Sessions in English and Spanish several times a year. The Safeguard God's Children Awareness Training session is 3 hours is is for those who have not previously attended VIRTUS Protecting God's Children Training. The Keeping the Promise Alive Recertification Training lasts for 1 1/2 hours and is for those who have attended a VIRTUS Protecting God's Children in the past 3 years. If you are unsure of which session to attend, please check with the parish office. Below are the VIRTUS Training sessions (English) scheduled for 2016. Additional sessions may be scheduled depending on the parish need. Please check with the Parish Office staff.
Learn more about the Safeguard the Children program at Old Mission Santa Inés. For more information, please read this exerpt below from the Los Angeles Archdiocese website.
VIRTUS® Protecting God's Children Adult Awareness Session is a three-hour training that helps clergy, staff, volunteers and parents to understand the facts and myths about child sexual abuse; how perpetrators operate; and how caring adults can take five important steps to keep children safe. The parent session also stresses monitoring of computers, cell phones and other technology that perpetrators use to gain access to children and young people. View 11 minute program introduction.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles mandates this training for all adults working with children. This education component helps prevent child sexual abuse by first making every adult employee and volunteer aware of the issues surrounding child sexual abuse. This includes awareness of the many ways sexual abuse harms its victims, their families, the parish, and the community. The awareness session also helps adults learn to recognize the warning signs of abuse and shows them the appropriate way to respond to suspicious behavior. Finally, the awareness session empowers each person with five steps to help prevent child sexual abuse. Learn more...