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    KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS OFFICE OF YOUTH PROTECTION

    Vigilant for signs of abuse, we're leading the Knights of Columbus’ initiative to protect children and other vulnerable persons we serve.

    SUSPECT ABUSE? SUSPECT ABUSE? STATE REPORTING STATE REPORTING
    KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS OFFICE OF YOUTH PROTECTION

    Vigilant for signs of abuse, we're leading the Knights of Columbus’ initiative to protect children and other vulnerable persons we serve.

    SUSPECT ABUSE? SUSPECT ABUSE? STATE REPORTING STATE REPORTING


    MEMBER HELPLINE

    (203) 800-4940 FAX: (855) 845-3502

    youthleader@kofc.org

    OFFICE OF YOUTH

    (203) 752-4558 FAX: (855) 845-3502

    oyp@kofc.org

    Protecting Our Children: A Family’s Response to Sexual Abuse, a short documentary film produced by the Knights of Columbus, offers families a deeply personal and practical account of how one Knight and his family addressed their son’s abuse by a close family friend. The film presents parents with the scope and scale of the risks families face from sexual abuse in today’s society and provides them with knowledge and concrete steps they can follow to help keep their children safe. Click here to view the accompanying Guide For Families, a practical resource that contains useful information to help families protect their children from the risk of abuse.

    RESOURCES

    GUIDE FOR FAMILIES

    QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE

    DARKNESS INTO LIGHT

    SUPREME KNIGHT INTERVIEW

    CRITICAL CONVERSATION FOR PARENTS

    National Child Abuse Hotline:
    1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453)
    https://www.childhelp.org/

    CyberTipline:
    1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)
    CyberTipline.org

    Child Welfare Information Gateway:
    1-800-394-3366
    https://www.childwelfare.gov/

    National Sexual Assault Hotline:
    1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
    https://www.rainn.org/

    National Human Trafficking Hotline
    1-888-373-7888
    Text 233733
    https://humantraffickinghotline.org/

    National Center on Sexual Exploitation:
    1-202-393-7245
    https://endsexualexploitation.org/

    Clean Heart Online
    info@cleanheart.online
    https://cleanheart.online/

    Protect Young Minds:
    info@protectyoungminds.org
    https://www.protectyoungminds.org/

    Covenant Eyes:
    1-877-479-1119
    https://www.covenanteyes.com/

    PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN: VIDEO VIGNETTES

    Introduction

    A short video providing an overview of the aims and objectives of the Protecting Our Children educational program.

    Play Video

    RESPONDING TO BOUNDARY VIOLATIONS

    Dr. Monica Applewhite describes how to watch for boundary violations and provides effective words to use when faced with potentially inappropriate behaviors.

    Play Video

    PROCESS OF DISCLOSURE

    Disclosure of sexual abuse can be a series of conversations over time. Jeff and his son talk about their relationship leading up to his disclosure. 

    Play Video

    HOW TO REPORT

    After sexual abuse is disclosed or suspected, there may be a legal obligation to report to authorities. 

    Play Video

    FORENSIC INTERVIEW

    Forensic interviews are vital to the prosecution of child sexual abuse offenders.

    Play Video

    PROTECTING YOUR MARRIAGE

    Jeff and Judy talk about the many sources of support they received to help protect their marriage and family. 

    Play Video
    GET STARTED WITH TRAINING

    “A basic responsibility of every family – and especially the Christian family – is the protection of their children.” - Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

    FOR LEADERS

    State Deputies
    State Advocates
    State Program Directors
    State Youth Directors
    State Community Directors
    State Family Directors
    State Squire Chairmen
    Grand Knights
    Program Directors
    Community Directors
    Family Directors
    Chief Counselors (Squires)
    Counsellors (Squires)

    FOR EVERYONE

    Members not listed on the other button, are encouraged to take the training as well by pressing the blue button.


    The Registration Code is kofcsafe.


    Please Note: If a member is later appointed to a role listed on the other button, the member may be required to retake the training in that role.

    KOFC Safe Environment Program

    FORMS

    Background check authorization forms for members in the following roles: State Family Director, State Community Director, State Youth Director, State Squire Chairman, Columbian Squires, Counselors, Council Family, and Community Directors.

    BEST PRACTICES

    Before all programs, events, and activities in which minors are present, the Family Director and/or Community Director, along with the Grand Knight, shall call a short meeting of all volunteers participating in that activity sponsored by the council. All participating volunteers shall be provided with copies of these Safe Environment Best Practices.

    INFORMATION GUIDE

    Your council's guide to keeping children safe! Brother Knights working together to protect children and stay vigilant for any signs of abuse.

    HANDBOOK

    Key leaders in the Knights of Columbus have a special role in protecting minors participating in programs, events, and activities sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. They should take time to familiarize themselves with the important policies, procedures, and best practices regarding abuse prevention, detection, and reporting in this handbook.

    OVERVIEW

    The Knights of Columbus Office of Youth Protection works collaboratively with dioceses to fulfill our shared mission to protect minors and vulnerable persons.

    SUPREME KNIGHT RESPONDS TO CHURCH ABUSE CRISIS

    In this letter, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson calls for reforms in the Church, and for members of the Knights of Columbus to work for repentance, reform, and rebuilding of the Church.

    WORKING TOGETHER WITH DIOCESES TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN

    Our cooperative approach toward diocesan safe environment programs is expressed in our guidance to council leaders concerning member compliance with diocesan safe environment requirements. The first requirement of our safe environment program is for our members to be compliant with diocesan safe environment requirements applicable to members’ volunteer activities on parish property. We invite diocesan safe environment coordinators and victim assistance coordinators to contact us directly with all questions and concerns that relate to the Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus Safe Environment Program is operated in conjunction with PRAESIDIUM, which specializes in preventing sexual abuse in organizations that serve youth and vulnerable adults. Our online training modules cover sexual abuse awareness and prevention, reporting, and policies, and are available to all our members, but required for members volunteering in key leadership roles. Members volunteering to serve in key leadership roles are also required to complete a screening process, including a robust and comprehensive background check. For more information on how Knights of Columbus and dioceses work together to protect our children and other vulnerable persons, click on the Office of Youth Protection Informational Overview and this helpful Diagram.

    Safe Environment Resources

    REFERENCES

    Safe Environment Quick Reference Guide

    Council Information Guide

    Protecting Our Children Guide For Families

    Protecting Our Children Quick Reference Guide

    MEMBER HELPLINE

    (203) 800-4940

    FAX: (855) 845-3502

    youthleader@kofc.org

     

    OFFICE OF YOUTH PROTECTION

    (203) 752-4558

    FAX: (855) 845-3502

    oyp@kofc.org

     

    1-844-KOFC-SAFE

    (1-844-563-2723)

    www.kofc.org/safe

    National Child Abuse Hotline:

    1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453)

    https://www.childhelp.org/

     

    CyberTipline:

    1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)

    CyberTipline.org

     

    National Sexual Assault Hotline:

    1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

    https://www.rainn.org/

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