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Teaching Boundaries & Safety Guide for Parents and "Think First & Stay Safe" for Children and Youth

Teaching Boundaries & Safety Guide for Parents and "Think First & Stay Safe" for Children and Youth

March 1, 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Parents and Guardians have the awesome right and responsibility of educating their children in matters of personal safety, and we, in the Faith Formation Office here at St. Sylvester Parish, as directed by the Diocesan Office for the Protection of Children/Young People, have the responsibility of assisting you in ensuring that age appropriate abuse prevention education is made available for parents, guardians and children in both the elementary and secondary levels. 

For Parents and Guardians:

In an effort to ensure that all parents and children in the Faith Formation Program have been properly informed in matters of abuse (defined as any physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child) we are making “Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide; Guide for Caring Adults, Parents and Guardians” (Copyright 2015 by National Catholic Services Risk Services) available to you.  In this guide you will find information that will increase your awareness about abuse and offer suggestions on how to discuss this with your child.  We strongly encourage you to click here to read the "Teaching Boundaries and Safety Guide" for parents

For Parents, Guardians and Children:

In accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Article 12; the Charter), which is approved by the U. S. Catholic Bishops and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, age appropriate materials on prevention, recognition and reporting of abuse will now also be available for parents and guardians to review with their children.  It is your responsibility to view these materials, share and discuss with your children.  Click here to see the "Think First & Stay Safe" materials for Levels 1 & 2.  Click here for Levels 3 & 4, and click here for Levels 5, 6, 7 & 8 to read the "Think First & Stay Safe, Child Lures Prevention Curriculum" that  you can share with your child(ren). 

For Children:

Also, in accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (Article 12; the Charter), which is approved by the U. S. Catholic Bishops and the Diocese of Rockville Centre, age appropriate materials will be distributed to each child in Faith Formation Program to help increase their awareness in matters of abuse (defined as any physical, sexual or emotional maltreatment or neglect of a child) and on how to report abuse.  It is your responsibility to discuss these handouts with your child.  Please click here for Levels 1-4 and click here for Levels 5-8.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Fran McMahon at 631-475-4506, Ext. 107.   

We thank you for your cooperation and support of the endeavors of the Faith Formation Program. Know that we remember you and your family in our prayers.

Blessings,

Fr. Tom Coby                                   Fran McMahon

Pastor                                              Director, Faith Formation