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Child Abuse Awareness Training for Adults

Keeping Children Safe

As part of our commitment to providing a safe environment for all children, the Diocese of Manchester requires special training for all adults who work with youth. All clerics and members of religious institutes assigned to parishes, schools, and diocesan institutions, and all employees and volunteers who regularly work with minors must participate in training. There are two options for child abuse awareness training: Shield the Vulnerable Online Training and Protecting God’s Children (live workshops). Both options are free to clergy, volunteers, employees, and parishioners of the parishes, schools, camps, and other institutions of the Diocese of Manchester.

Training covers the following topics:

  • Signs and symptoms of abuse in minors
  • Signs of abusers
  • Prevention of sexual abuse by Church personnel
  • Policies and procedures for reporting allegations of abuse
  • How to respond appropriately to disclosures of abuse
  • Internet safety
  • Appropriate boundaries in ministry

Shield the Vulnerable Online Training

Online training is available 24 hours a day and is accessible from any computer. To access the training, go to: www.shieldthevulnerable.org and click on the yellow button that says ‘First Time Signup Click Here.’

On the dropdown fields, select ‘Catholic Dioceses,’ then ‘Manchester (NH).’ Next, enter your registration information and the other required items. Once you accept the license and click ‘Confirm Signup,’ you will automatically be taken to the training area. Click the green button next to the course listing to begin.

CLICK HERE to read Frequently Asked Questions about Shield the Vulnerable Online Training

Protecting God's Children Training

Through 2011, live Protecting God’s Children training sessions were presented throughout the diocese on a regular basis. At this time, these live sessions are only scheduled on an “as needed” basis. If there is a need in your parish/school, please contact your deanery trainer.

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
Fax: (603) 669-0377

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