Individual Safe Environment Program Descriptions:

Keeping the Promise AliveTM

Keeping the Promise AliveTM Program is an educational session providing ongoing awareness for the prevention of child sexual abuse.

Information will be presented to clarify and strengthen the participants' ability to recognize risky behavior in their environments and take action to intervene in potentially threatening situations, facts and myths about child sexual abuse, how offenders gain access to children/youth, warning signs in children/youth who may be victims of abuse, methods for screening volunteers, monitoring church programs to keep them safe, appropriate and inappropriate affection with children/youth, and responding to allegations of abuse.

This program answers the questions, "What have been some results of Safe Environment Training, and what else can we all do to keep youth safe?"

In addition, it reinforces these key issues:

  • Warning signs of risky behaviors
  • The need to communicate concerns about the behavior of another adult
  • Identifying a healthy suspicion
  • Appropriate responses by caring adults, and
  • Program success stories.

This interactive program is mandatory for all employees, clergy, and volunteers that serve within the Diocese of Phoenix. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic no one under 18 years old is permitted to attend this session.

Called to Protect™ for Youth

This program—the first of its kind—teaches youth grades 6th -12th about their physical, emotional, and behavioral boundaries and how to respond if someone tries to violate them. Youth learn why it can be difficult to report abuse that has occurred to them or someone they know. It also teaches them words to say if they, or someone they know, are being abused. Parent/ guardian permission is required for attendance of these sessions.

Curriculum for Pre- K – 5th grades

Curriculum is determined by teacher or catechetical leader.   Review of the curriculum is available upon request.
Options include but are not limited to:
Pre- K – 5th Smart Kids/Safe Kids
Curriculum used in Diocese of Phoenix 2005
Pre- K - 1st Just Because I Am A child’s book of Affirmation
By Lauren Murphy Payne, M.S.W. Note: Comes with Leadership Guide
ISBN 0-915793-60-1
2nd 3rd 4th It’s My Body A Book to Teach Young Children How to Resist Uncomfortable Touch
By Lory Freeman ISBN 0-943990-03-3
Spanish title: Mi Cuerpo Es MIO
2nd 3rd 4th My Body Is Private
By Linda Walvoord Girard
ISBN 0-8075-5319-0
1st - 2nd
3rd - 4th 5th
Curriculum developed by Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg