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K to 5th Called to Protect for Children
6th to 12th Called to Protect for Youth


K-5th Grade Called to Protect for Children (CTPC)

Parent/Guardian information for Grades K to 5th

We are all Called to Protect.
 
As Catholics, we believe that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God. Each of us is sacred and our lives — body, mind and soul — should be treated with respect. Called to Protect for Children™ (CTPC) is an education and prevention program that gives our youngest children practical tools, using simple activities, to help them understand this fundamental teaching of our faith.
 
Each parish and Catholic school in the Diocese of Austin is required to use Called to Protect for Children™ every school year to help educate our K to 5th grade students about abuse prevention and personal safety. Besides being developmentally appropriate and sequential for each age group, CTPC differs from other Ethics and Integrity in Ministry programs in that it is classroom-based (rather than a facilitator-led workshop) and the program instructors are the teachers/catechists the students already know.
 
Students are not “required” to attend, but they and their parents should understand the importance of this program as part of their education about boundaries, appropriate interactions between adults and minors and related personal safety issues. Students that do not attend are not required to “make up” the session, but parents may be asked to provide supervision for their child during the session. Parents of students that do not attend the CTPC program should use the links below, to review this important information with their child.
 
Below you will find an overview of the CTPC program as well as parent resources and information.
 


6th to 12th Grade Called to Protect for Youth (CTPY)

Parent and Guardian Infirmation for Grades 6th to 12th

We are all Called to Protect.

As Catholics, we believe that every human being is created in the image and likeness of God. Each of us is sacred and our lives — body, mind and soul — should be treated with respect. Called to Protect for Youth™is an interactive education and prevention program that gives our young people practical tools, in language and a medium they can understand, to realize this fundamental teaching of our faith. CTPY helps young people understand their sacredness as they learn about boundaries and ways to prevent others from violating their boundaries.

Called to Protect for Youthis the program used in the Diocese of Austin to provide abuse prevention training to the youth of the diocese as required by the Charter for the Protection of Youth and Young People (Article 12), and the diocese is audited on this requirement annually by agents of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. CTPY is designed for middle school and high school students; in the Diocese of Austin, parishes and Catholic schools are required to present Called to Protect for Youth™ to their sixth and ninth grade students, and those new to the parish/school since the last program offering, every school year. CTPY is presented at two different grades/ages due to the maturation that occurs over those years; students are encouraged to attend in both their middle school and high school years. The CTPY is taught by a trained, volunteer facilitator who presents a series of 3 three DVDs and encourages the youth to participate in activities that explain what emotional, physical and behavioral boundaries are and ways they might be violated, ways they can address boundary violations and how/with whom to talk about boundary violations and abuse.

  • Minors are encouraged (but not required) to attend the CTPY program if they wish to volunteer in “helper roles” at the parish or school, including working with religious education/youth ministry, Vacation Bible School, the parish nursery or by serving in liturgical ministries or other parish/school programs. Attending the CTPY program may give them information and tools that will assist them to be safe and successful in all aspect of their lives, including their volunteer experiences. However, as minors themselves, they must always be supervised by EIM compliant adults while participating in their ministry. Please see the EIM policies for additional information about minors serving in ministry.

  • Minors do not complete an EIM Application for Ministry and do not need to attend the EIM Basic workshop until they have turned 18 years old (unless they are paid employees).

  • Called to Protect for Youth™ is not human sexuality education. CTPY is best described as safety education and should be considered another age-appropriate education component such as driver’s ed, safe social media usage and drug/alcohol abuse prevention education.

Note: CTPY does not fulfill the EIM Basic or Refresher requirement for the adults who supervise students as they participate in the CTPY program; it is an education program for youth and doesn’t review the policies and procedures that adult volunteers are required to know.

Called to Protect for Youthis a comprehensive program specifically designed to teach middle school and high school aged youth how to protect themselves from child molesters. Research shows that child molesters use the same methods time after time, and the more youth know about how molesters operate, the safer they become. CTPY workshops are facilitated by diocesan trained volunteers and the format includes a three-part DVD series, activities (e.g. making posters or creating a skit) and discussion to reinforce the information presented in the DVD.

Each parish and Catholic school in the Diocese of Austin is required to present Called to Protect for Youth™ to their sixth and 9th grade students, and those new to the parish/school since the last program offering, every school year (all middle and high school grades may attend). We offer CTPY at two different grades/ages due to the maturation that occurs over those years; students should plan to attend twice, in both their middle school and high school years.

Students are not “required” to attend, but they and their parents should understand the importance of this program as part of their education about boundaries, appropriate interactions between adults and minors and related personal safety issues.  Students that do not attend are not required to “make up” the session and are not prohibited from participating in ministry. Parents of students that do not attend the CTPY program may use the links below to review this important information with their child.

Below you will find an overview of the program, how parents can reinforce the information in the program and where parents can find additional resources. If you have further concerns or questions as a parent, please contact a member of your school or parish staff or the diocesan Ethics and Integrity in Ministry Office at (512) 949-2447.