In "Children First," Deacon Bernard Nojadera, executive director of the U.S. Bishops’ Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection, Identifies verifiable reasons how Safe Environment Training in the dioceses of the United States has contributed to reducing the number of cases of child and youth sexual abuse. Among a number of positive, contributing factors, Deacon Nojadera describes the important influence of a shared commitment within Catholic communities to safeguarding the welfare, safety, and freedom to grow in faith of children and young people.
The article "ABC’s of Children’s Self-Protection Efforts" by Mary Jane Doerr, Associate Director for the Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, describes the important “principles” of child self-protection efforts, conveying to parents, trainers, teachers, and parish and school community members the essential messages all people can learn through efforts to safeguard children.
"Creating Our Faith Environment," from the Diocese of Grand Rapids through the USCCB, provides practical suggestions to parents for protecting their children, reviews significant “red flags” for parents to attend to, and describes the nature and influences of a “safe faith environment” in which all people can grow.
Diane Knight, MSW, chair of the National Review Board of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, notes ten points that National Review Board members have learned in dealing with victim/survivors of sexual abuse of minors by clergy.
The National Review Board is an advisory group of 13 laypersons with expertise in such areas as law, education, media, and psychological sciences. The board was established in 2002, when the U.S. bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People to oversee efforts of the Office for Child and Youth Protection. The National Review Board is responsible for a three-year Causes and Context Study being undertaken by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and due for release in 2011. The study looks at the clergy sexual abuse of minors problem to ascertain what factors led to it and how it can be prevented going forward.
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