The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, adopted by the United States Conference of Catholic bishops in 2002, requires parishes to provide formation for children in the areas of safety and the integrity of their persons. To assist our families with this important task, we have developed the “Diocese of Rockford Formation in Christian Chastity and Safe Environment Program,” using as a principal source The Catechism of the Catholic Church. Our philosophy is to involve parents directly in the formation of their children. In addition to classroom presentations for children in Grades 1-5 of the key safety issues, adapted to each grade level, parents are asked to use the materials available on the diocesan website to help guide their own discussions with their children at home. The website is . This takes you to the Rockford Diocese Catholic Education Office website. Click on the “Child Safety” tab. You will find the entire program by grade level for both classroom and parent lesson plans for both Formation in Christian Chastity and Safe Environment.

There are classroom lesson plans in both the Formation in Christian Chastity and Safe Environment aspect of the program. Through lesson plans to be taught in our religious education program, children and young people learn their role in protecting themselves and develop skills to accomplish that task. The lesson plans are age-appropriate for each level at which they are taught.

In the event that you do not want your child to participate in these lessons, parents will need to fill out and return the “Opt Out” form before the date the first classes are presented. Parents will be asked to not send their child to class the day of the presentations.

The Diocesan Formation in Christian Chastity and Safe Environment Program is mandatory for all Parish Religious Education Programs in the Rockford Diocese.