Safe Environment Training: ‘To empower members of the Church to spot risky situations’

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By the Safe Environment Office
For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

Under the Safe Environment Program, the Archdiocese of Agaña has recently introduced a training program to enable members of the faith community to spot risky situations which could lead to, or indicate, possible sexual abuse and to empower them to report suspected or alleged cases of abuse.

The training is available online to anyone interested and is required for the following persons actively engaged in the ministries of the Church:

  • All members of the clergy;
  • All employees, including members of the Consecrated Religious Communities;
  • All volunteers performing 20 or more hours of service per month for the Church;
  • All volunteers engaged in a ministry that has contact with children;
  • All volunteers who serve as babysitters, chaperones, or caregivers for children, even if only once.

For the purpose of determining who must complete the training, a child is defined as any person below the age of 18 and anyone above the age of 18 who habitually lacks the use of reason, for example, persons suffering from brain damage or dementia.

The training can be found at www.virtusonline.org/virtus/ directly, or can be accessed through the archdiocesan website at www.aganaarch.org by clicking on the VIRTUS Online icon.

The policies, procedures and forms for the Safe Environment Program are also available on the archdiocesan website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email safeenvironment@archagana.org for more information.

Editor’s note: this will be the first in a series of articles regarding the Safe Environment Program of the archdiocese to help the faithful to better understand the changes and requirements in the policies, procedures, and forms for the Safe Environment Program.