Safe Environment

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Safe Environment Coordinator:  Mrs. Robin Langlois  603-332-1863 or rlanglois@hrsl.org

REFRESHER TRAINING  INFORMATION

Refresher training must be completed no later than February 28, 2012

For up-to-date information go to the Child Safety pages at catholicnh.org

          Here at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and St. Leo Parishes we work diligently to comply with the directives of our Safe Environment Program which requires us to provide a safe and inviting environment for all children who come to the parish for any function.  Each Church parish or school is required to have a Safe Environment Coordinator.  These coordinators are then responsible for the following:

Training of Church Personnel. The Diocese of Manchester requires that all church personnel who regularly work with minors undergo sexual abuse awareness training.  In addition, parishes and schools are required to provide training to children.  We are asked to host at least one training seminar each year to make accessibility easy for our parishioners.
Screening of Church Personnel.   The Diocese of Manchester requires that all church personnel who regularly work with minors undergo background screening.
Safe Environment Coordinators.   All parishes and schools are required to appoint safe environment coordinators to assist the pastors or principals to ensure that safe environment requirements are met.  The Compliance Officer and her staff are in regular communication with the Safe Environment Coordinators, pastors, and principals, and on an annual basis, hold a meeting of all Safe Environment Coordinators and others involved in child safety. Coordinators are asked to attend training seminars to keep up to date with current laws and rulings for Safe Environment
Safe Environment Database.  The Diocese of Manchester has established a safe environment database to track compliance with the screening and training requirements of all church personnel who regularly work with minors.  Access to this database is limited to pastors, principals, safe environment coordinators, and the diocesan safe environment office staff.
Compliance Reports.  The Diocese of Manchester requires that parishes and schools regularly update the safe environment database and on an annual basis, complete certain compliance reports to demonstrate that the parishes and schools have complied with all safe environment requirements.
Compliance Visits.   The Compliance Officer and her staff conduct visits to every parish and school at least once every three years.  On those site visits, the Compliance Officer and her staff conduct reviews to ensure that all safe environment requirements are fulfilled.  During those visits, the Compliance Officer and her staff interview the pastor or principal, safe environment coordinator, and others involved in child safety at the parish.

We have two components to our program.  The first is Protecting God’s Children This program is for adults over the age of 18 who want to volunteer with minors. Since the inception of this program in 2002 the parishes of  Our Lady of the Holy Rosary/St. Leo Parishes have trained approximately 370 people.

The second component to Safe Environment is the child component called Circles of Care.  This program is for all children and youth enrolled in faith formation.

We love our Church and we are very comfortable here which is how it should be.  However, at times it lures us into a false sense of security. This is why we must all work together to ensure the safety of our children.