Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

1404 East 9th Street | Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Child Protection – Praesidium

To enhance the ongoing efforts of the Diocese to provide training for adults and children in matters of protection from abuse and creation of safe environments, we are pleased to announce that Bishop Lennon has approved the implementation of an additional program to protect all children in the Diocese of Cleveland. Called To Protect™ is a multi-media training program created by Praesidium, a national leader in abuse risk management with more than two decades of experience providing research-based educational programs to organizations. The Called To Protect ™ series presents current abuse prevention information to parents, children, youth and young adults.

The complete Called To Protect ™ series includes four parts, including the first-ever program specifically for Catholic middle- and high-school aged youth, and an innovative program for elementary-aged children based on the latest child development research. Praesidium experts carefully developed the content and conducted extensive nationwide field testing to ensure that each part is informative, well-received and effective.

Called To Protect ™ for Parents and Families, teaches parents what they must know to protect their own children. They learn what to watch for and the actions to take if they see something of concern. They also learn how to begin communicating with their own children about their bodies and how to keep them safe.

Called To Protect ™ for Youth teaches middle and high-school aged kids about boundaries, how to respond if someone tries to violate their boundaries, and how to tell their parents if they or their friend have been abused.

Called To Protect ™ for Young Children teaches age appropriate information to children in elementary school. They learn rules about protecting their bodies and what to do if someone tries to break the rules. The content and teaching methods use the latest child development research to ensure their effectiveness.

In the Diocese of Cleveland, Called To Protect ™ does NOT replace the Virtus training program. We will continue to implement and track the training of staff and volunteers who work with children through the VIRTUS live training sessions and database. Praesidium will complement these efforts by providing an educational opportunity for parents and by reaching into the schools and the religious education programs to teach the children directly, and help inform the parents on issues of safety for their children.

Please join me in praying that this supplemental program will be effective as another measure of our commitment to safeguard the dignity and safety of all children.

Report Abuse

All sexual abuse of minors should first be reported immediately to local law enforcement in the county where the abuse is alleged to have occurred. Reports of abuse by a member of the clergy or an employee of the Diocese of Cleveland should also be made to the diocese’s victim assistance coordinator, who can be reached by telephone at 216-334-2999 or by email at  

Terence Flanagan
Victim Assistance Coordinator

Work Phone:  216-334-2958
Fax: 216-334-2983
Response Services:  216-334-2999
Catholic Charities Parish &  Community Ministries
7911 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102

Sharon M. Minson
1404 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 696-6525 ext. 1157

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