"Integrity in Ministry" is part of the South African bishops’ response to the sexual abuse of children by clergy and religious. In the past this abuse was largely hushed up by Church authorities, and cases of abuse were badly mishandled. Perpetrators were hardly made to account for their actions, and victims received little or no redress.
"Integrity in Ministry" is a document which reflects a new candid approach to the molestation of children, and the Church's determination to end it. The document sets standards of behaviour for employees in Catholic schools. These standards are based on an understanding of education as ministry and service, and on the right of children to feel safe and unthreatened at school.
The Catholic Schools Proprietors Association (CaSPA), which represents the owners of Catholic schools, has endorsed "Integrity in Ministry", and requires that it is work-shopped in all Catholic schools.
An Integrity in Ministry workshop deepens our understanding of service and examines the responsibility of adults to honour the trust and influence they have in professional relationships with children.
Three or four hours.
The workshop is for anyone working in a Catholic school - whether voluntarily or in salaried employment - who provides a service to learners. Teachers, managers, administration staff, support staff, volunteers (e.g. mothers who work in the tuckshop), sports coaches, part-time therapists, security staff, people who come in the afternoons to provide specialised instruction for individual learners (e.g. music teachers), after-care providers: all should participate in the workshop.
The CSO wants to see Religious Education flourishing in schools.Contact us today - we would love to assist you with any of the following:
The Haven, St Vincent School for the Deaf
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