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Title: Teaching Touching Safety

Teaching Touching Safety
  • A Safety Education Program for Students in the
    Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Paterson

Todays Agenda
  • Background and lead-up to this program
  • Approaching the topic
  • Responsibilities of the Trainer/Coordinator
  • Program Overview
  • Review of lessons and materials
  • Program specifics and requirements
  • Questions/discussion

The Program Mandate
  • Dioceses are to maintain safe environment
    programs which the diocesan bishop deems to be in
    accord with Catholic moral principles. They are
    to be conducted cooperatively with parents, civil
    authorities, educators, and community
    organizations to provide education and training
    for children, youth, parents, ministers,
    educators, volunteers, and others about ways to
    make and maintain a safe environment for children
    and young people.
  • - Charter for the Protection of Children and
    Young PeopleUnited States Conference of Catholic
    Bishops. 2005 revision, Article 12

Origins of this Program
  • Response and commitment by the Bishops as
    expressed in the Charter for the Protection of
    Children and Young People
  • Diocesan selection of the Virtus program
  • Implementation of education program
  • Clergy and Employees
  • Volunteers
  • Parents and all concerned adults

Program Status
  • More than 600 training workshops have been
    conducted for adults in our diocese.
  • Training workshops are implemented by a group of
    trained volunteer facilitators
  • More than 19,000 adults in our diocese have
    attended training sessions.

The Missing Piece
  • Child education to provide education and
    training for children, youth, parents,
    ministers, educators, volunteers, and others
  • Our goal is to empower our students so that they
    can recognize inappropriate behavior by others,
    and practice appropriate relationship boundaries
    in their own lives.

Why Virtus?
  • Child protection education programs are not new.
  • There is a need for program consistency.
  • Allowance needs to be made for individual school

Criteria for Selection
  • The program selected must
  • Approach the topic from a Catholic viewpoint
  • Recognize budget limitations and be cost
  • Respect the demands made upon the curriculum of
    the school and instructional time
  • Be able to be presented by a classroom teacher in
    the normal classroom setting

Approaching the Topic
  • Ms. Peggy Zanello
  • NJ Certified Domestic Violence Therapist
  • Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator
  • Consultant to the Diocesan Review Board

The Trainer/Coordinator
  • Each school should have two Trainer/Coordinators
  • The Trainer/Coordinators will
  • Provide program orientation for other teachers
  • Download and arrange for distribution of program
    materials as needed
  • Serve as a point of contact for teachers
  • Report on program implementation status to the
    Catholic Schools Office and Office of Youth

The Trainer/Coordinator
  • The Trainer/Coordinator is not
  • The schools Child Protection expert
  • The only point of contact for parent questions or
  • The Response Officer for the school
  • Implementation of the Virtus Program DOES NOT
    change the established procedures for reporting
    suspected abuse

Program Overview
  • Program is offered at four levels
  • Grades K through 2
  • Grades 3 through 5
  • Grades 6 through 8
  • Grades 9 through 12

Program Overview
  • Total of 6 unique lessons
  • Three year cycle
  • Two lessons per year timing is up to the school
  • The same themes are covered at each grade level
  • Each lesson is approximately 45 minutes

Year 1 Topics
  • Lesson 1 Touching Safety RulesStudents learn
    simple rules about what to do and how to react
    when someones touch is confusing, scary, or
    makes the child or young person feel
    uncomfortable. Young people start to deal with
    the real risks they face when they are out in the
    world and on their own, and they begin to learn
    where to draw boundary lines in relationships.
  • Lesson 2 Safe Friends, Safe Adults, and Safe
    TouchesChildren, young people, and their parents
    establish basic guidelines for working together
    to make certain which friends and other adults in
    their environment can be trusted to act safely
    and in the best interest of each child or young

Year 2 Topics
  • Lesson 3 Boundaries
  • Students learn about personal boundaries and how
    identifying and honoring those boundaries can
    give a child or young person the self-assurance
    needed to speak up when someone tries to step
    over the line.
  • Lesson 4 Telling Someone You Trust
  • Children and young people learn who to tell when
    something makes them feel uncomfortable or
    confused. This lesson also begins to explore the
    phenomenon and power of secrets in a childs
    life at various ages.

Year 3 Topics
  • Lesson 5 Grooming
  • Students learn about the types of behavior that
    may indicate that an adult is grooming the child
    or young person for something more than
    friendship. It also helps students learn to trust
    their own instincts about what is okay and what
    is not okay.
  • Lesson 6 No secrets
  • Reinforcing and building on the lessons from
    Year 2, this lesson deals with peer groups and
    other influences (including grooming by an
    abuser) that prevent children and young people
    from reporting inappropriate behavior. It also
    helps children and young people develop their own
    decision-making process to use in these

Introductory Videos
  • The introductory video is 6 to 8 minutes long
  • Three separate videos are on the DVD
  • Grade K 5
  • Grade 6 8
  • Grade 9 12
  • Videos are designed to be conversation starters

Review the Year 1 Lessons
  • Your packet contains both lessons for Year 1 at
    all grade levels
  • Please spend some time reviewing and discussing
    the lessons
  • Please group yourselves by level
  • Time for activity 15 minutes

Program Procedures
  • Download and distribute lesson plans
  • Present an information session for parents
  • Offer parents the chance to opt-out
  • Log and report details of the training
  • Consider offering the Protecting Gods Children
    for Parents and Guardians program in your school

Download Materials
  • All lesson plans and supporting materials are
    available at
  • http//www.virtusonline.org

Important Note
  • All Trainer/Coordinators must be registered at
    the Virtus Online website. You will need your
    user name and password in order to continue.
  • If you are not registered, please see me for
    directions at the end of the workshop.
  • If you are registered, but have forgotten your
    user name and/or password, please contact Kathy

Download Materials
Enter your User ID and Password, and click Login
Click on the Educators tab
On this page, you can download a copy of the
Further down the page, you can download a copy of
the Teaching Touching Safety guide for parents.
Also on this page, you can download the opt-out
form for parents. (More about this later.)
To get to the Lesson Plans, click on the Continue
button at the bottom of this page.
Select a grade level from the drop-down list,
then click Continue.
Select the Lesson Plan from the drop-down list,
then click Continue.
On the Lesson Plan page, click the green arrow
towards the bottom of the page to download the
lesson plan.
The Lesson Plan will download to your computer.
You can print the lesson plan or save a copy of
it to your computer.
The Opt - Out Process
  • Before the program is presented to students, send
    home a copy of the Opt-out form, along with a
    copy of the Program Overview guide for parents.
  • Do NOT distribute the actual lesson plans to
  • You may want to schedule a Parent Information
    Meeting to offer parents a chance to see the
    program and ask questions.
  • In accord with Diocesan policy, parents/
    guardians have the right to remove their children
    from participation in programs to which they have
    serious objection.

The Opt - Out Process
  • If a student is opted-out, this parental
    decision remains in effect for the current school
  • Parents must be offered the opportunity to
    opt-out before the program is conducted each
  • Students who are opted-out are NOT to be
    penalized in any way.
  • The school retains a copy of the signed form, and
    another copy is sent to the diocesan Office of
    Youth Protection.

Reporting on the Program
  • Opt-out forms are to be sent to the Office of
    Youth Protection, and a copy kept on file at the
  • After each lesson is completed, the
    Trainer/Coordinator is to complete the Training
    Record, either on-line or on paper.
  • The Trainer/Coordinator should report any
    concerns or issues encountered to the school
    Principal, the Catholic Schools Office, and the
    Office of Youth Protection.

Training Record Form
Training Record Form
Online Training Record
  • The Training Record can also be completed online
    at the Virtus website.
  • To complete the information online, go
    to http//www.virtusonline.org
  • Log in, and then click on the Educators tab

On the Educators page, click on Record Training
in the menu on the left side of the page.
Click on Add a new training record
Fill in ALL the information requested on the form.
Click the Record training button when you are
Review the information on the confirmation screen
If all the information is correct, click the
Record Training button.
To make corrections, click the Go back button.
You will see the information you entered listed
on the screen.
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Training Record
  • Please dont put off recording the training.
    Record it as soon as you can after the lesson is
    presented.It is important that our databaseis
    kept up to date.

Parent Education
  • Reinforces and expands on information in Teaching
    Touching Safety
  • Program length 2 to 2½ hours
  • Program is led by trained facilitators

Thank You!
  • Our students will be safer because of your
    effortsin helping to implementthis program.
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