Circles of Care is an educational program tailored to our parish catechetical programs. This curriculum originally developed by the Diocese of Manchester has been adapted by the Diocese of Syracuse to address age appropriate personal safety issues for children and youth in the context of Catholic moral teaching. The training replaces the awareness training that the diocese had been using since 2004.
Circles of Care: Safe Child Training: FAQs
Why is it important that we include a child safety curriculum at
parishes of the Diocese?
Introducing a program for children and youth on personal safety that respects the role
of parents as the primary educators of children is part of the commitment made by the
Diocese of Syracuse to protect children and young people. Circles of Care and
supplemental information from the Sexual Abuse Awareness curriculum previously
used, introduces to students foundational principles of living our faith, especially
personal safety, making good decisions, developing wholesome relationships, and
self-esteem, all within the context of the religious curriculum for each grade. Article
12 of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, which was
adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in 2002 provides that
dioceses are to maintain “safe environment” programs, including programs for
children and youth, which the diocesan bishop “deems to be in accord with Catholic
What grade levels receive this class?
All children in grades K through 12 will receive the class during the Faith formation year.
Is it age appropriate? Yes, the lessons are age appropriate at all levels.
May parents attend the class?Yes, parents are invited and encouraged to attend the class with the children.
May I review the curriculum before my child attends the class? Yes, you can go to stmarysskaneateles.com, go to the K to 8 Faith Formation tab then the Circles of Care tab for the links. (see below)
May I opt out the class and use the online materials to teach the lesson at home to my child?Yes, you will find an opt out form on at stmarysskaneatele.com K to 8 Faith formation tab Circles of Care page that you may fill out and return to the Catechetical Leader. You then should not send your child the week their grade is scheduled for the class as no alternative lesson will be offered for the class that day. You may print the materials out and review with your children at your convenience. (see below)
Is there an adult equivalent to the training? Yes, all adults working with children in the Diocese of Syracuse are required to take the Virtus Safe Child Training course. It is open and free to any adult who would like to take it. You may find courses and a schedule of classes at virtusonline.org . St. Mary’s of the Lake will be offering this free class to any parishioner interested on Tuesday, October 14th from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. Please go to virtusonline.org to register.
Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the class with their children.
You are welcome to review and download the curriculum by section. Each section is a link.