Archdiocese of Washington to raise awareness of child abuse during National Child Abuse Prevention Month

March 30, 2009

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The Archdiocese of Washington has produced a series of four guides called “Keeping Kids Safe” to help parents protect their child online, talk to their child about safety, prevent cyber bullying and learn about archdiocesan child protection efforts.

Parishes and schools will begin distributing these guides to parents, along with other information on the archdiocese’s Office of Child Protection Services in late April (after Easter) as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The goal is to educate parents on recognizing, reporting and protecting their children from abuse. An estimated 905,000 children were the victims of child abuse and neglect in the United States in 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The parents’ guides and other resources, including the archdiocese’s Child Protection Policy, are available here. Additional information on child protection and National Child Abuse Prevention Month is available from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Archdiocese of Washington has a long standing commitment to protecting children, being was one of the first dioceses in the nation to have a written Child Protection Policy, education on child protection and the first to use electronic fingerprinting for background checks.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 580,000 Catholics living in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

Contact:
Susan Gibbs or Georgina Stark
Office of Communications
301-853-4517
[email protected]