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SAFEGUARDING ALL GOD'S FAMILY PROGRAM

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The goal of the Safeguarding All of God's Family program is to protect our children and all in the church family from sexual abuse and related dangers.

What is Safeguarding All of God’s Family?

All efforts and programs in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee that relate to protecting God’s children and creating a safe environment come under the umbrella of Safeguarding All of God’s Family.

As a faith-filled people, we respect and value each and every individual, as we are created in the image and likeness of God. This is why the  Safeguarding All of God’s Family program has been established. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is committed to creating a safe environment where all of God’s family – children, their parents and relatives, parish and school personnel, volunteers, clergy and archdiocesan central office personnel − will be able to work, live, and play in an environment where healthy and responsible relationships prevail.

Who must participate?

All those who share their many talents and treasures within the Church atmosphere, paying particular attention to those whose ministry calls them to demonstrate their gifts through work with children and youth.

The following must join the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s mission to Safeguard All of God’s Family:

  • All diocesan priests and deacons (active or retired) in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
  • All priests who are members of religious communities and extern priests (priests from other dioceses) who minister within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
  • Women religious and religious brothers working in the Archdiocese, its parishes or schools.
  • Seminarians and those enrolled in the Diaconate Formation Program or Lay Formation Program.
  • All paid personnel, whether employed in areas of ministry or other kinds of services provided by the Archdiocese, its parishes, schools or other agencies.
  • All volunteers who enter into ministry involving regular contact with children and young people.

How to Report Abuse

To report suspected child abuse, contact your local child welfare department or police department.  If you believe a child is in imminent danger, call 911.

Washington County Child Protective Services:  Call 262-335-4888

Ozaukee County Child Protective Services:  Call 262-284-8200

Sheboygan County Child Protective Services:  Call 920-459-6418

 

Safe Environment — Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal

 

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is committed to helping victims/survivors of sexual abuse and to protecting children.  For more information or register for an upcoming Safe Environment Education session.

 
Important notice for people attending Safe Environment Education Sessions

All participants must arrive on time and stay for the entire session. Latecomers will not be admitted and those who leave early will not receive credit for attendance.

Safe Environment Education sessions are not appropriate for those under the age of 18 and still in High School. Please do not bring your underage children unless the location specifies that child care is provided.

 

What does the Safeguarding Program say about Social Media?

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Practices and Guidelines for use of Social Networking.

The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) (updated link from in Archdiocesan Guidelines) gives parents control over what information websites can collect from their kids. The COPPA Rule — with newer provisions in effect on July 1, 2013 — puts additional protections in place and streamlines other procedures that companies covered by the rule need to follow.  If someone runs a website designed for kids or a website geared to a general audience but collects information from someone they know is under 13, they must comply with COPPA’s requirements.

 
TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES

How to Protect your Children from Online Predators — Cyvberwise

Digital Trends Bulletin — Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Internet Resources - Archdiocese of Milwaukee

Online safety, YouTube, What Are Kids (Really) Doing Online? — Do you want to know what kids are really doing online? Then you need to watch this video. Then you need to check out this website: www.cyberwise.org- CyberWise

Safe Web Surfing: Top Tips for Kids and Teens Online — Would you ever walk into a giant arena full of strangers and make it rain postcards with your phone number and home address? No? Then what are you doing publishing those details online, where anyone in the WORLD can access them? - WatchWellCast

Wild About Safety with Timon and Pumbaa: Safety Smart® Online — Disney Educational Productions

EDU in 90: Online Safety with Be Internet Awesome — Google for Education

5 Tips to Keep Your Child Safe On The Internet — Hampton Primary School

Online safety: Staying safe online — Discovery Education UK

Pastoral Guidelines for use of technology resources in English. — Diocese of Orange

Pastoral Guidelines for use of technology resources in Spanish. — Diocese of Orange

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Parent Resources — Diocese of Madison

Websites Dedicated To Child Safety — USCCB

What Is Child Abuse and Neglect? Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms — Child Welfare Information Gateway

Sexual Abuse and the Church: How Parents and Teachers Can Help

Prevent Child Abuse America

Children's Bureau of the US Department of Health and Human Services

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Pinwheels for Prevention

MaleSurvivor.org

 

CATECHIST RESOURCES FOR THE SAFEGUARDING SESSION REQUIRED BY THE ARCHDIOCESE

 

Archbishop Listecki's Promulgation Letter for Circle of Grace Safe Environment Curriculum

 

4K Curriculum                                                       5K Curriculum                                                     Grade 1 Curriculum

Grade 2 Curriculum                                              Grade 3 Curriculum                                             Grade 4 Curriculum             

Grade 5 Curriculum                                              Grade 6 Curriculum                                             Grade 7 Curriculum

Grade 8 Curriculum                                              Grade 9 Curriculum                                             Grade 10 Curriculum

Grade 11 Curriculum                                            Grade 12 Curriculum                                           Parent Opt Out

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SAFE ENVIRONMENT WEEK - PROCLAMATION

ARCHDIOCESE OF MILWAUKEE Promise to Protect Pledge to Heal

 

 


Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence

 

(Content Reviewed April 2015)

One of the hard-earned and painful lessons which the family of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee learned in its struggle with the clergy sexual abuse crisis is how insidiously it tears at the fabric of the relationships within that family; and yet, how strong that fabric can be when a family finally stands up to the abuse and confronts it. This is a lesson other families can learn from us.

Another of the lessons we learned is that the cause of the abuse is hidden in the psyche of the abuser. Even if the perpetrator attempts to shift the blame to the victim, the victim is not at fault for the attack. The victim is just that - a victim - of the weakness or illness of the one abusing them. And we are certain there are more lessons to be learned.

It takes courage, however, to face all of the pain surrounding the fear that a family member might be abusing another be that a child, a spouse, a partner, or an aging parent. These fears often paralyze us, preventing us from acting. They often keep us from admitting that this kind of thing can happen within our family as it can happen in any family. And the family that refuses to face that fact only enables the violence to continue.

We forget that we are not alone in facing this. That those trained to lend support are not there to judge the moral fabric of the family, only to help that family to overcome the struggles they are facing with dignity and strength.

It is with this in mind, having hopefully learned from our mistakes, that we present this web page for you. We pray that it will support you in the steps you need to take.

Respectfully
Yours in Christ,
Father Charles Keefe

  • According to the United States Department of Justice, more than 1,000 women, almost three a day, die as a result of domestic violence at the hands of a husband, boyfriend, or other intimate.
  • An estimated 1.5 million women are battered each year by their husbands or partners; and 70% of men who batter women also batter their children, making the presence of partner abuse the single most identifiable risk factor for predicting child abuse.

For more information on the Catholic Conference of Bishops position on domestic violence visit www.usccb.org click on bishops statements and click on "When I call for help: A Pastoral Response to Domestic Violence Against Women."

 

RESOURCES

Dodge County

People Against a Violent Environment, 920-887-3785 or 800-775-3785

Fond du Lac County

Catholic Charities, 920-923-2550

ASTOP, 920-926-5395

Crisis Line, 920-921-7657

Kenosha County

Catholic Charities, 262-656-2098

Women's and Children's Horizons/Pathways of Courage, 262-862-9900

Crisis Line, 800-853-5303

Milwaukee County

Catholic Charities, 414-771-2881 (main) or 414-541-3624 (southwest)

The Healing Center, 414-671-4325

Sexual Assault Treatment Center, 414-219-5555

Ozaukee County

Catholic Charities, 262-923-2550

Advocates of Ozaukee, 262-284-6902

Racine County

Catholic Charities, 262-637-8888

Sexual Assault Services, 262-619-1634

Crisis Line, 262-637-7233

Sheboygan County

Catholic Charities, 920-923-2550

Safe Harbor, 920-452-8611

Crisis Line, 920-452-7640

Walworth County

Association for the Prevention of Family Violence, 262-723-4653

Washington County

Catholic Charities, 262-334-0886

Friends of Abused Families, 262-334-5598 or 262-334-7298

Waukesha County

Catholic Charities, 262-547-2463

Women's Center, 262-547-4600

Crisis Line, 262-542-3828

Statewide

Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, 608-257-1516

Crisis Line, 608-255-0539

Websites with Additional Support

Wisconsin Coaliation Against Sexual Assault

The Healing Center of Milwaukee

UMOS Latina Resource Center

 

Archdiocese Contact Information

Phone:414-758-2232

 

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