Child Protection Catechesis
Each year, Catholic Schools and Parish Religious Education Programs in the Diocese of Allentown teach the Child Protection Catechesis Curriculum mandated by the Charter for the Protection for Children and Young People passed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002. The material in this curriculum has been prepared in light of our faith and in accordance with the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. The purpose of the program is to help children improve self-reliance, raise self-esteem and master personal safety skills – all while reassuring them that most people are kind, safe and committed to their well-being. Students learn to identify specific signs and behaviors often used by predators.
You as a parent are the primary educator of your child. If you have concerns as to whether this material is appropriate for your child, we invite you to view the materials below. After viewing the materials, any parent who does NOT want their child(ren) in the class while the Child Protection Catechesis is being taught is asked to complete, sign and cut along the lines and return the bottom of the form (located below) to your child(ren)’s PREP teacher no later than December 20th for grade 8, or December 17th for grades 1-7. You may then cover this lesson at home with the materials provided on our website. There will still be catechetical instruction for those not attending the Child Protection Catechesis Program; therefore, it is not an excused absence should you choose not to have your child(ren) participate. If you approve of your child(ren) receiving the Child Protection Catechesis, you do not need to return this form.
The Child Protection Catechesis will be taught at St. Joseph Church PREP on December 17th for grades 1-7, and on December 20th for our Confirmation class. *This is a change from original date of December 13th.
We ask that you continue to place your trust in us as we begin this program working with you and your child in partnership.