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 Education & Training

 The 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.   We offer programs for Adults and Children as described below:

Programs for Adults: Awareness Training

VIRTUS®  Protecting God's Children™ Program

VIRTUS® Protecting God's Children Adult Awareness Session is a three-hour training that helps clergy, staff, volunteers and parents to understand the facts and myths about child sexual abuse; how perpetrators operate; and how caring adults can take five important steps to keep children safe. The parent session also stresses monitoring of computers, cell phones and other technology that perpetrators use to gain access to children and young people.  View 11 minute program introduction.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles mandates all staff, whether paid or volunteer, and all volunteers who work in any capacity with or around children, the elderly, or people with special needs are required to complete the initial three-hour VIRTUS® Protecting God's Children for Adults program. This education component helps prevent child sexual abuse by first making every adult employee and volunteer aware of the issues surrounding child sexual abuse. This includes awareness of the many ways sexual abuse harms its victims, their families, the parish, and the community. The awareness session also helps adults learn to recognize the warning signs of abuse and shows them the appropriate way to respond to suspicious behavior. Finally, the awareness session empowers each person with five steps to help prevent child sexual abuse.

More than 150,000 priests, deacons, parish and school staff members and volunteers have already participated in these sessions throughout the five Pastoral Regions of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Our goal is to provide this training to all adults who work with children so we can work together as a more effective community to prevent child sexual abuse.
  • VIRTUS Online - Upcoming Sessions:  Click to view the Virtus page for an updated listing of upcoming sessions in your area.  On the Virtus page, click on "Select your Organization" to view a drop-down menu.  Scroll down to "Los Angeles" to view sessions listed by our five Pastoral Regions.  Clicking "Select" will show you a list of upcoming sessions by location and date.
  • VIRTUS Online - Begin Registration Process: Click to view the Virtus page to begin your online registration process with Virtus.  On the Virtus page, click on "Select your Organization" to view a drop-down menu.  Scroll down to "Los Angeles" to view sessions listed by our five Pastoral Regions.  Clicking "Select" begins your registration process. 
  • VIRTUS Registration Instructions: A step-by-Step handout expaining how to pre-register for a session or how to register their attendance of a session after attending.  Adobe Acrobat Reader required.

VIRTUS® Keeping the Promise Alive ™ Refresher Program
Keeping the Promise Alive provides ongoing awareness for the prevention of child sexual abuse.
The material covered in Keeping the Promise Alive is designed to identify and reinforce the
lessons of the original Protecting God’s Children® for Adults program by clarifying some of the
more challenging aspects of the sessions and strengthening the participants’ ability to recognize
risky behavior in their environments and take action to intervene in potentially threatening
This program answers the questions, “What have been some results of the Protecting
God’s Children program, and what else can we do to keep all children safe?”

For more information about both programs above, please go online to:

Programs for Children and Young People

Overview of the Touching Safety Program
Teaching Touching Safety
program guide is a tool designed to assist parents and teachers in this important task. 

for Children is a child abuse prevention curriculum designed for pre-school and Kindergarten through sixth grade students as a tool to teach children the skills they need to prevent or interrupt abuse. It works by teaching children what abuse is, by giving them skills development, and by empowering them into action if threatened or victimized.  

Establishing Healthy Boundaries:
An extension of Good-Touch/Bad-Touch® for Children, Establishing Healthy Boundaries© is a personal body safety program for teens, designed to help teachers, counselors and other caring adults have a comfortable, informative discussion with girls and boys in the 7th, 8th and 9th grades about abuse issues. Discussions focus on sexual abuse, sexual harassment and bullying. Information about prevention of date rape for 9th grade girls is also included.Read The Tidings' Article about the Establishing Healthy Boundaries program.
For information, please contact Good-Touch/Bad-Touch (GTBT):
1 800 245-1527   phone
(480) 443-9219    fax   email         website


Contact Us

Ms. Joan Vienna, Coordinator
Office of Safeguard the Children
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
213 637 7227 phone
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