April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month; a time to bring awareness to the prevalence of child abuse in our community. In 2016, more than 2,100 children were confirmed victims of child abuse in Collin County, and as many as 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience sexual abuse before their 18th birthday. But child abuse thrives in the dark, and continues only as long as it remains secret and hidden. By bringing awareness to the problem, we hope to equip adults to identify and report abuse, empower children to ask for help, and enable professionals to bring perpetrators to justice. Learn More...
The Safe Environment Program is a program that was established for the protection and well being of everyone at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
The Diocese of Dallas has mandated that everyone who works with children, youth, vulnerable adults and/or developmentally disabled attend Safe Environment training annually.
Abuse strikes every age and social background. Often it occurs in settings where children or youth completely trust adults - in homes, schools, camps, athletic and park programs, and most sadly, the Church.
Abuse can happen anywhere. We have a profound moral obligation to reduce the possibility of abuse ever occurring here at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.
In order to protect and safeguard the 2,400+ children and youth of our parish, the Community of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton has taken positive steps to provide a safer and more secure environment for our children.
All screening will remain confidential and the final decision whether or not you, as an applicant, will be accepted to work with our youth and/or children shall be based on information from the criminal background history, interview process and reference checks.
All volunteers will be trained to recognize possible signs of abuse, and how to report potential abuse.
Please remember that this process is for the protection of everyone in our parish. We need your help in ensuring their safety. In addition, this process will protect church staff and volunteer workers from potential allegations of abuse.
We need your support and commitment to this program.
If you suspect that a vulnerable adult may be the victim of exploitation, abuse, or neglect, call the Texas Abuse Hotline! 1-800-252-5400
As a new staff member, minister, or volunteer you must pick up a Safe Environment packet from one of the parish offices, follow the instructions in it, and attend "Family of Faith" training.
Once cleared you must complete an annual update training (see page link to the right).
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