Decree from Bishop click here
All parishes/missions to publicize the commitment of Church Personnel to the Code of Conduct and to publicize Victim outreach info. This flyer is a good tool for this, along with a verbal announcement.
English Bulletin Insert Spanish Bulletin Insert
January Safe Environment Week
Child Abuse Awareness Month
Blue Sunday April 28, 2013
Parishes encouraged to participate in raising awareness of child abuse and prevention
Questions can be addressed to Maria Flores, 903 534-1077 ext 188 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Diocese of Tyler "safe environment" program is 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. As part of this program, there will be frequent reminders of the Code of Ethics and Integrity for Conduct of Church Personnel in the Diocese of Tyler, which sets forth the standards of conduct for clergy and other persons in positions of trust with regard to children.
See letter from Bishop introducing our Safe Environment Program. click here
For outline of Safe Environment Program click here
Note: These sites are secular sites and so not all materials on them is appropriate for Catholic families.
NetSmartz: www.netsmartz.org Good materials at various grade levels.
NetSmartzKids: www.netsmartzkids.org Child friendly activity site
NS Teens: www.nsteens.org Teen friendly site connected with NetSmartz
Coalition for children: www.safechild.org Materials for children safety
TX Attorney General: www.oag.state.tx.us
Booklet on Child Abuse: .pdf of booklet
State Crime Victims on Abuse: www.oag.state.tx.us/victims/childabuse.shtml
Child Abuse Video from TX AG: online video
www.childhelpusa.org - This site has free downloads and inexpensive materials
www.austin-safeplace.org - This site has a lending library with some good materials
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month
As part of our ongoing efforts to create a safe environmnet, the Diocese encourages active participation in observing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Blue Sunday The last Sunday of April will be observed as Blue Sunday.
Distribute ribbons or bookmarks to adults and young people.
National Missing Children's Day (NMCD),
annually commemorated on May 25, The National Center for Missing and
Exploited Children (NCMEC) and its partners are launching a "Take 25"
preventive safety campaign to encourage parents, guardians, educators,
law enforcement officers, and concerned citizens to take 25 minutes to
talk with children about ways to keep safer. NCMEC is working with
local, state, and national officials, public safety officials, the
clergy, community leaders, and businesses to make this national movement
successful. Watch for further information.
ARCHIVES - Prior years SEP materials
Resources for Parents/Guardians/Adults
January 2006: Suggestions for Parents of Minors
April 2009 Blue Sunday