Protecting God’s Children


Maximizing a church’s role as a child-safe environment begins with making adults more aware of the ways children and adults interact with each other. The Protecting God’s Children program educates and trains adults (clergy, religious, teachers, staff, volunteers, and parents) about the dangers of abuse, the warning signs of abuse, the ways to prevent abuse, the methods of properly reporting suspicions of abuse, and responding to allegations of abuse.

All employees and volunteers who work with children, youth, or the elderly in the Archdiocese of Boston are required to participate in the Virtus Protecting God’s Children program. If you work with the youth or the elderly of our parish, or you plan to volunteer at Saint Patrick School or with Religious Education, you must complete the Protecting God’s Children program.

Please refer to the Parish Bulletin for a list of scheduled workshops. We have a limit to the number of participants per session, so please be sure to register by calling our office to ensure you will have a spot in the workshop you wish to attend.

In addition, you may attend a Protecting God’s Children program offered anywhere in the archdiocese of Boston. See the Office of Child Advocacy on the Archdiocese of Boston website for an additional list of scheduled programs.

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Learn More About the Roman Catholic Church’s Efforts to Protect God’s Children
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