Every April, child and youth serving organizations, including Catholic dioceses, parishes, and schools, participate in National Child Abuse Prevention Month to highlight the importance of protecting minors from abuse. These efforts are part of the ongoing work of the Church in the United States to carry out the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
Flyers for Bulletins, Handouts, or Post in Offices:
- A Prayer for Healing – Download: BILINGUAL
- Novena for Protection and Healing from Abuse – Download: ENGLISH | SPANISH
- April is Child Abuse Prevention Month – Download: ENGLISH | SPANISH
- Five Ways to Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse – Download: ENGLISH | SPANISH
- Ten Tips for Protecting Children and Offering Outreach to Victims/Survivors – Download: ENGLISH | SPANISH
- Warning Signs of Abuse in Minors – Download: ENGLISH | SPANISH
- USCCB Youth Protection Norms – Download: ENGLISH | SPANISH
The Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults invites you to explore the following activities in support of Child Abuse Prevention Month and youth protection year-round:
- Pinwheels for Prevention: In 2008, Prevent Child Abuse America introduced the pinwheel as the new national symbol for child abuse prevention. Show your support for our nation’s children and help get your children involved in the movement by making your own pinwheel display! Download your Pinwheel Template and Instructions | Pinwheel Coloring Sheet
- Wear Blue Day: On Friday, April 12th, individuals and organizations in Santa Clara County will band together to make a visible commitment to preventing child abuse and helping make great childhoods happen nationwide by wearing blue.
- Blue Sunday: Each year, Blue Sunday Abuse Prevention offers a day of prayer on the last Sunday of April. You can find resources and registration for the Blue Sunday Day of Prayer at bluesunday.org.
- Reporting Abuse: If any person, or persons, needs to report a case of Clergy Abuse, we encourage them to fist contact the civil authorities (local law enforcement). Once a report is filed with the local authorities, individuals are encouraged to contact the Office for the Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA) at 408-983-0113. The diocese now has a secure reporting website and can be accessed online 24/7 at https://opcva.ethicspoint.com | Toll-Free Hotline: 844-372-1691
- Reminder: Submit Annual Audit Reporting Form after completion of the VIRTUS© Catholic Safe Environment Curriculum for youth trained in diocesan schools and religious education programs by April 30th, 2019. Audit Forms: School Form | Parish Form
Additonial resources available on the USCCB website: