Safeguard The Children

Safeguard the Children


Safeguard the Children

“Safeguard the Children” was established to create a safe environment for children, youth and vulnerable adults in the parish community. The LA Archdioceses Office of Safeguard the Children provides ongoing support, education, training and resources to help prevent child sexual abuse and to address children’s safety in our parishes, schools, homes and communities. The Los Angeles Archdiocese has produced an informative brochure explaining the program entitled “Working Together” that provides resources on how to prevent abuse and provides information on reporting child abuse.

 

Holy Family School Compliance Requirements and Information

In compliance with the Los Angeles Archdiocese, as well as the Holy Family School Admission Requirements, Holy Family School requires compliance with the Safeguard the Children Program to help ensure the safety of our children for the good of the entire school community.  

All parents and any school volunteer (step-parent, legal guardian, grandparent, family member 18+, caregiver, etc) must be in full compliance by submitting the following to HFS and HF Church by August 14, 2017:

1)  Live-Scan Fingerprints/Background Check

2)  Current VIRTUS® Training Certificate / VIRTUS® Re-Certification Training Certificate

3)  Signed “Archdiocesan Guidelines for Interacting with Minors” form

Note: Every HFS volunteer (parent, step-parent, grandparent, legal guardian, family member 18+, caregiver etc.) must have submitted the above mentioned requirements to both Holy Family School AND Holy Family Church prior to signing up to  volunteer for supervising children in any capacity such as driving students to a field trip, serving hot lunch, attending overnight trips, coaching, scouting, supervising students in the drama program or any parish program where an individual will be volunteering with or around children.

Safeguard the Children Sessions:

To find a class and register please go to VIRTUS Registration –  Click on Los Angeles Archdiocese, San Gabriel Region for classes closest to Holy Family.

  • Virtus®: “Protecting God’s Children” (Expires after four years) Must register for session’s on-line. As of 07/07/17 the following are either at HFS or the closest to HFS.
    • San Gabriel Mission – Wednesday, July 12th 6:30pm (3hrs)
    • Holy Family – Sunday July 16th 2:00pm (3hrs)
    • Holy Family – Tuesday August 1st 6:00pm (3hrs)
    • St. Phillips Pasadena – Friday August 18th 6:00pm (3hrs)
    • Holy Family – Monday August 28th 12pm (3hrs)
    • Holy Family – Monday August 28th 6:00pm (3hrs)
  • Virtus® Re-certification: “Keeping the Promise Alive” (to be taken only after completing “Protecting God’s Children” and before its expiration date.) Please note: if your Virtus Certificate has expired, you need to re-take Protecting Gods Children”.  Please check the Information PDF below for upcoming dates or virtus.org for additional dates, times, and where sessions are being held.
  • Live Scan Fingerprinting Sessions are scheduled at Holy Family Church, South Pasadena on the Information PDF below. The L.A. Archdiocese’s free fingerprinting dates and locations can be found on the LA Archdiocese Fingerprinting web page.

Summer 2017 – Safeguard the Children Information PDF

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o   When you are fingerprinted, you will receive a copy of the “Request for Live Scan Service” Applicant Submission form which you hold onto and give a copy to the HFS school office and HFChurch pastoral center.

o   Fingerprinting with the parish/school is only required once.

o   Unfortunately, fingerprinting through another organization does not meet this requirement.  We realize that teachers, law enforcement and many others submit fingerprints to their employers, but this does not fulfill the Archdiocesan requirement because this information is confidential and cannot be shared between organizations.

o   There is no fee.

o   The information provided is enlightening and compelling and educates and empowers us as a community to protect our children.

Reporting Child Abuse

It is important that everyone report suspected child abuse. The truth is that our first inclination is to not get involved, but if you fail to act, that is all it takes for abuse or neglect to continue.  If you ever come across suspected abuse, we urge you to call the Los Angeles County Child Protection Hotline at (800) 540-4000.  The hotline is operated twenty-four hours, around the clock, seven days a week.  You don’t need to know that child abuse or neglect is taking place, you are welcome to report your suspicions and consult with a social worker if you are not clear whether what you are witnessing or have learned of is abuse.  Depending on your profession, you might even be legally obligated to report suspected child abuse and neglect, a so-called “mandated reporter.”  But if you are not a mandated reporter, you can even make your report anonymously.

Priests, deacons, school faculty and administrators and other staff members in our parishes and schools have been designated as mandated reporters under California law. When one of these persons receives information leading to a “reasonable suspicion” that a child is being abused or neglected, he or she must make a report to the appropriate child protection or law enforcement agency. For more information on Responding to an Allegation of Suspected Child Abuse: www.la-archdiocese.org/org/protecting/vam.

Los Angeles County:
LA County Child Abuse Hotline: 800.540.4000
Investigative Control Unit for All Child Abuse Reports: 213.486.0530 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department:
Special Victims Bureau (24 hours) 562.946.8531
To speak to a detective 562.946.7960
District Attorney’s Office:
Sexual Crimes Division 213.974.9790
Family Violence Division 213.974.3785
For callers residing outside the State of California who wish to contact Child Protective Services in Los Angeles: 213.639.4500

Victim Assistance

If you are being abused, have been abused, or know someone who is being abused, you can call Victims Assistance Ministry at: 800.355.2545 for assistance. You may also seek help directly by contacting one of the Child Protective Services or one of the Law Enforcement Agencies listed below. In an emergency call 911.

Safeguard the Children Committee

Holy Family has an active STC Committee chaired by a parishioner. More information can be found on the Holy Family Church – Safeguard the Children Website.

Contact Information

Any questions?  Please contact:

Donella Sotelo
Safeguard the Children Committee Chair
donellasotelo@gmail.com