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Complimentary Webinar – Child Safety and Protection Policies for Religious Institutes and Sponsored Ministries: Why You Need One and Best Practices for Creating or Revising Written Policies

On Friday, April 23, 2021 Kopon Airdo LLC and the Resource Center for Religious Institutes will present a complimentary webinar – Child Safety and Protection Policies for Religious Institutes and Sponsored Ministries: Why You Need One and Best Practices for Creating or Revising Written Policies.

Over the last several years, it has become necessary for all child-serving organizations, including all institutions in the Church, to have written Child Safety and Protection Policies. In fact, in March of 2019, Pope Francis issued written child protection policies for Vatican City and the Roman Curia because, as he wrote, “[e]nsuring the safety of minors and vulnerable people is an integral part of the Church’s mission.” The Holy Father noted that “policies and procedures are aimed at establishing and maintaining an ecclesial community that is respectful and mindful of the rights and the needs of minors and vulnerable persons.”

A written child safety and protection policy sets out common values, principles, and beliefs, and is a concrete expression of the commitment of the religious institute to the safety and well-being of all young people. Such policies demonstrate that the institute is devoted to creating a safe environment to those entrusted to its care. As such, now, in 2021, it has become a necessity for religious institutes and societies of apostolic life to have in place their own written child protection policies. Written policies provide clear direction on how to best keep minors safe and how to respond when issues arise.

This one-hour webinar offered by Michael A. Airdo of Kopon Airdo, LLC, and Christopher J. Fusco of the Resource Center for Religious Institutes will provide an overview of child protection policies and will delve into detail regarding: (1) why every religious institution needs to have written child protection policies; (2) how to begin the process of creating a policy; (3) considerations on what each policy should contain; (4) best practices for drafting a written policy; and (5) how to revise existing written policies to bring them into compliance with best practices and current standards.

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