Children and Youth Safe Environment Training

 

Children and Youth Safe Environment Training

Each parish and school is required to offer a yearly, age appropriate training session for children in parish religious education programs and Catholic schools. The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings offers the following curriculums as part of our ongoing commitment to create and maintain a safe environment for our children, to protect them from sexual abuse and to instruct them in the integrity of their persons and bodies, all in accordance with Catholic teachings. The following programs have been approved for use in the diocese:

1. Safe & Sacred Children's Learning Program

Click here to access the website (you must have an account on the system in order to access these documents). Parents that would like to preview these programs may contract the Diocese to obtain a copy. Programs include:

• Pre-Kindergarten Personal Safety
• Kindergarten God Made Me Special
• Grade 1 Gift From God
• Grade 2 Safe People and Places
• Grade 3 Head and Heart
• Grade 4 Personal Space Zones
• Grade 5 Staying Safe
• Grade 6 Appropriate Online Behavior
• Grade 7 Boundaries
• Grade 8 Modesty and Reputation
• Grade 9 Bullying
• Grade 10 Cyberbullying
• Grade 11 Predators Around Us
• Grade 12 Connecting Online

The Circle of Care curriculum addresses age appropriate personal safety issues for children and youth introduced in the context of Catholic Moral teaching. Materials for the Circle of Care curriculum were originally developed by the Diocese of Manchester and are used with permission. To access these programs check out the links below:


2. Circles of Care Lesson Plans

Elementary School

PreK / Kindergarten lesson (Note: uses a book that must be ordered ahead of class time: (https://www.amazon.com/When-Feel-about-Myself-Books/dp/0807589012) Or, may be ordered from any retailer. The Diocese does not stock this book.
1st Grade lesson (Note: uses a book that must be ordered ahead of class time: (https://www.amazon.com/Incredible-Ways-greatness-shine-through/dp/1401907822) Or, may be ordered from any retailer. The Diocese does not stock this book.
2nd Grade lesson (Note: uses a book that must be ordered ahead of class time: (https://www.amazon.com/Officer-Buckle-Gloria-CALDECOTT-MEDAL/dp/0399226168) Or, may be ordered from any retailer. The Diocese does not stock this book.
3rd Grade lesson
4th Grade lesson
5th Grade lesson
6th Grade lesson

Middle School

7th and 8th Grade lesson

High School

Ice Breaker Activities
9th–12thGrade lesson (an initial lesson for high school students)
• Additional topics for High School if 9th – 12th grade lesson above has already been presented to the students in the past

o Relationships with Relationships Handouts
o Bullying
o Hazing
o Sexting Appendix A
o Sexting Appendix B
o Sexting Catechist Guide


2018 Letter informing parents of the Diocesan Safe Environment Program

If parents choose to not have their child participate in the safe environment training an Opt-Out form must be completed certifying they have been offered the training and declined it.



For Additional Resources Click Here

Safety Scenarios
Setting Physical Boundaries
Going Out Checklist
Protecting Kids Online