Archdiocese Trains Clergy And Staff To Spot And Report Child Abuse

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has launched a program to train staff and volunteers to spot and report child abuse.

Up to 25-thousand people will receive up to three hours of training to learn how to identify mental, sexual, physical and verbal abuse of children and how to properly report it under the law.

“They give them information on how to identify child abuse, child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, mental abuse and neglect. (They learn) how to identify those and what’s they’re responsibility and how to make the call,” says Mary Achilles, the victims services consultant with the archdiocese.

Achilles says the clergy, parish and school staff, coaches and volunteers will receive the education.

“This training shifts the burden from the child stopping and reporting the abuse to the adult bystanders stopping and reporting the abuse,” Achilles says.

She says this is just part one of the three-part training program instituted following the clergy sexual abuse scandal.

Reported by Lynne Adkins KYW Newsradio 1060

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  1. Donna Farrell says:

    PA law states that anyone who comes into regular contact with children is a mandatory reporter of child abuse. The Archdiocese recognizes that those working on its behalf have a legal and moral responsibility to play a role in creating a network of prevention and protection for children. Therefore, the Archdiocese has instructed that all employees and volunteers who come into contact with children at least once a week undergo the Mandated Reporter Training program. The reaction of the first participants was very positive. The trainings will take place between now and November.

  2. Kevin M. says:

    The Archdiocese needs to get their own house in order in terms of child abuse before they assume to intervene in families lives. The hypocrisy of this program is insulting.

  3. DEE says:

    WHAT A BUNCH OF HYPOCRITS!!!!!!!
    THE PRIESTS HAVE BEEN ABUSING CHILDREN THEMSELVES AND NOW THEY ARE IN CHARGE OF SPOTTING ABUSED CHILDREN?
    THIS DOES NOT MAKE UP FOR THE SINS OF THE PRIESTS.
    HOW STUPID DOES THE CHURCH THINK PEOPLE ARE?

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