All adult leaders that interact with youth are required to follow the local Chapel guidelines at their U.S. military installation regarding background checks as well as child and youth protection training. Consult your Chaplain for further information.
Ministry leaders and volunteers that work with children and youth must participate in Child and Youth Protection training per the Dallas Charter. Those who are CONUS may participate in local installation training, diocesan training or online training. Those who are OCONUS may utilize installation training or online training resources. Copies of completion certificates must be kept on file at the particular military installation. All catechists and youth ministry leaders are required to fulfill the requirements for the AMS Catechist Certification and must submit a copy of their Child and Youth Protection Training completion certificate to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA along with their application.
Child and Youth Protection Online Training
The Boy Scouts of America web site encourages adults that interact with youth to participate in the online training course Youth Protection e-learning. Visitors to this website must first create an account. After logging in choose the General tab in the menu bar and then click on Youth Protection Training. There are both high band width and low band width options.
Child and Youth Protection Links
- The United Sates Conference of Catholic Bishops Office for Child and Youth Protection
- AMS Clergy: Virtus Online
- AMS Laity, Catechists: Contact the local diocese for training (CONUS) or utilize the BSA Youth Protection training
- USCCB: Ten points for protecting children
Child and Youth Protection Resources
The U.S. Bishops’ Secretariat for Child and Youth Protection has developed resources to facilitate activities that highlight the need for prevention efforts. Use the following resources in your community to promote safe environment practices and awareness.
- Bulletin announcements (Word doc. 1396 KB) – 70 announcements, adapted for Military Chapels, to promote adovocacy throughout the year.
- Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, USCCB, June 2002
- Charter Resources and Prayers
- Learning About Life: Love, Infatuation, Friendship, Exploration: A Family-Based Program on Relationships and Abuse Prevention, Kieran Sawyer, SSND and Kathie Amidei, Ave Maria Press, 2006.
- Protecting Young People: Our Sacred Trust written by Dr. Robert McCarty of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, 2002.
- Creating Safe and Sacred Places: Identifying, Preventing, and Healing Sexual Abuse by Gerard J. McGlone, SJ, PhD , and Mary Shrader with Laurie Delgatto, St. Mary’s Press, 2003 (especially chapter 2, Sexual Abuse and the Church.)