Safe Environment

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COMMITMENT to Safety

Here at Prince of Peace, we are committed to providing a safe environment and doing everything we can to ensure a safe and transparent experience for our parishioners and guests.

If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please let us know

VIRTUS

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ongoing training

VIRTUS is the program selected by the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to educate clergy, staff, and volunteers who work with children and youth about child sexual abuse and the ways to create a safe environment for children. The live sessions include videos and facilitated discussions. Adults learn how to recognize the warning signs of sexual abuse and to respond appropriately.

For questions about VIRTUS in English, please contact Blanca Soto at bsoto@pophouston.org or (281) 469-2686 ext 321.

For questions about VIRTUS in Spanish, please contact Evely Celis at ecelis@pophouston.org or (281) 469-2686 ext 381. 


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PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN

The first part of the VIRTUS program is a workshop called “Protecting God’s Children.” The training makes participants aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse. Two videos are the centerpiece of the training. The facilitators incorporate policies and procedures into the training defining child sexual abuse, addressing the reporting of child sexual abuse, the screening and selection of employees and volunteers, and victim advocacy.


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PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN 3.0

Five years after completing the “Protecting God’s Children” workshop, employees and volunteers are required to complete “Protecting God’s Children 3.0”, a mandatory refresher workshop. 

FAQ

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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions that are not answered below. Please let us know.  


What should I do if I suspect abuse?

All staff, clergy, ministry leaders, and parishioners are instructed to contact local civil authorities if they suspect any sort of abuse before contacting someone at the Prince of Peace or the Archdiocese.


Is there mandatory training?

All volunteers, staff, and clergy over the age of 18 must be VIRTUS trained before working or volunteering with minors and vulnerable adults. Retraining is required every five years, as well.


Are employees background checked?

Yes, all employees and clergy of the parish are background checked before employment by Prince of Peace Catholic Community.