Called to Protect For Children - Information for Parish and School Staff
Together we are Fulfilling our Commitment to Heal and Protect.
As Catholics, we believe that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God. Each of us is sacred and our lives – body, mind and soul – should be treated with respect. Called to Protect for Young Children gives our youngest children practical tools, using simple activities to help them understand this fundamental teaching of our faith.
Parishes and schools in the Diocese of Austin are required to use Called to Protect for Children annually to help educate our K-5th grade students about abuse prevention and personal safety. Besides being developmentally appropriate and sequential for each age group, CTPC differs from other Ethics and Integrity in Ministry programs in that it is classroom-based (rather than a facilitator-led workshop). Each parish and school may choose to own or share a Called to Protect for Children binder which contains all lesson plans and information needed to teach the Called to Protect for Children program at their site. Contact the EIM office with questions about acquiring a binder. Praesidium designed this program for easy implementation and use by any adult that familiarizes him/herself with the materials and simple curriculum.
Students unable to attend are not required to “make up” the session, but information should be made available to the parent to share with the student upon request. The importance of attending this program should be stressed to the students and parents – this shouldn’t be presented as an optional program.
Instructions for successful Called to Protect for Children sessions – Information for parishes and schools
1. The parish DRE, or school administrator responsible for CTPC implementation should review the EIM 101 procedures manual regarding the CTPC program prior to planning sessions at their site.
2. In three brief sessions per grade, per year, the catechist or Catholic school teacher will provide students with basic understanding about rules and boundaries, skills to know what to do if someone doesn’t follow rules about safety and will facilitate conversations about keeping safe. Please contact the EIM Office if your parish/school does not have a CTPC binder containing the lesson plans for the program.
3. Called to Protect for Children is not part of the human sexuality or religion curriculum in Catholic schools and is not to replace the catechetical curriculum in parish religious education programs.
4. Each parish and Catholic school in the diocese is required to present Called to Protect for Children to their K-5th grade students every year.
5. Although the “requirement” is on the parish/school to provide the program rather than on the student to receive the program, the importance of attending class when CTPC is being taught should be clearly explained and stressed to both students and parents – this shouldn’t be advertised as an optional program.
6. Please provide this CTPC information letter (English/Spanish) to all RE and Catholic school families at the beginning of the school year informing them that CTPC will be presented during the school year. This letter includes a link to the website for additional program information. If you have parents that may not have access to the internet, you may print and make paper copies of this information available to parents. Two-three weeks prior to the beginning of the sessions, this CTPC reminder note (English/Spanish) and the specific grade objectives page should be sent to the parents. To provide a consistent message to parish and school families, please only use the letter and note referenced in this section to communicate with your families about CTPC.
7. Parents are welcome to come in to the parish or school to look at the curriculum at a time convenient for the DRE/school administrator. If, after being informed and educated about the CTPC program, parents still do not want their child to attend, they should complete the CTPC waiver form (English/Spanish) indicating that they understand that they are assuming the responsibility for educating their child about the information covered (basic program information and activity sheets should be made available to them). However, the waiver option does not have to be included with the initial parent information; parents who have a legitimate concern and want a waiver will ask for one.
8. Each session will typically last between 15-30 minutes.
9. The simple lesson plan for each session per grade begins with the learning objective, indicates materials needed, describes how to complete the topic activity in detail and ends with a brief reflection and prayer. For instance, the 1st Grade Learning Objective for Lesson Plan B is: Learn the rules for how people are supposed to treat each other. There is an activity pages to reproduce for this activity and crayons or markers and scissors are needed. The teacher asks questions about rules and what the ‘golden rule’ is and the students complete their activity sheet. The session ends with a reflection and prayer. Click here to see an example activity sheet.
10. Upon completion of CTPC for all grades K-5th, the DRE or school administrator responsible for CTPC implementation should complete the CTPC Program Report (parish/school) form. Please provide a copy of this document to your EIM site administrator for the parish/school Self Audit, maintain a copy for your records and send the original to the EIM Office in one of 3 manners listed at the bottom of the form. Signed waiver forms and any attendance lists should be kept and filed with your copy of the CTPC Program Report form.