Free drug & alcohol abuse prevention, bullying prevention, and internet safety programs available for grades K-12 students and their parents!
D.A.R.E. is a free program, sponsored by the NH State Police, that is available to students and community members. D.A.R.E. has a comprehensive drug abuse prevention curriculum as well as bullying prevention and internet safety lessons. Lessons are designed for students from Kindergarten through high school and adult programs are available as well! Not only schools can take advantage of these programs- parishes may also schedule adult information sessions. If you would like to have a D.A.R.E officer visit your school or parish, contact State Trooper Maureen Steer, Program Facilitator, at 271-2877 or Maureen.Steer@dos.nh.gov
Some parishes have outreach programs for the elderly or other vulnerable adults. Volunteers working with the elderly or with other “incapacitated” adults should be informed of how to report suspected abuse. Inquiries and reports should be made to the Department of Health and Human Services Adult Protection Program at 1-800-949-0470. In addition, the Adult Protection Agency is available to provide free informational workshops to those working with the elderly and homebound. For further information, contact Rachel Lakin at 271-4347. Rachel is a supervisor at the agency and she will refer interested parishes to a local agency representative who can meet with your volunteers.
Safe Environment Coordinators: Double check and make sure that all parish CYO and Boy Scout volunteers are in compliance with the safe environment requirements. Read about some tips that will help you keep on track.
The Safe Environment Database contains the names of everyone who has ever completed any of the safe environment requirements. Recently, we have had a lot of questions about how to “look up” the name of a person who volunteered or worked with minors at another location. This is easy to do! Here are the instructions:
Please feel free to contact Eve Mongeau or Mary Ellen D’Intino if you need assistance.
As Safe Environment Coordinators are well aware, each new employee and volunteer who will work with minors must complete an application. It is important for the coordinator to review each application before it is filed away. Here are some tips on what to look for when reviewing volunteer and employee applications:
If you have questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Mary Ellen D’Intino at (603) 669-3100, Ext. 149.
The Safe Environment Database (SED) was designed to make it easy for parishes, schools, camps, and the Office for Ministerial Conduct to communicate with each other regarding employee and volunteer compliance. One feature of the database is that a school, parish, or camp can search a person’s name and determine if the person has already completed the requirements. The person can then easily be added to the new entity listing.
When adding a pre-existing person to your SED list, if you do not have copies of certain documents (acknowledgement forms; applications) because they are maintained at another location, it is best to contact the school, parish, or camp to verify that the records are still there. This will help you to be prepared when a safe environment review occurs at your site. If you would like to obtain a written record for your own files, you may request it from the other location by using the Document Location Form (Word).
Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire
153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
Fax: (603) 669-0377
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