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Conference told teachers critical in preventing abuse

Catholic educators can play a critical role in making sure that sexual abuse of children doesn't happen, according to a workshop panelist at the US National Catholic Educational Association convention in Boston.

"Your role is unique in the face of this crisis," said Joan Duffell, director of community education for the Committee for Children, a Seattle nonprofit organization that provides curriculum materials.

She told a group of about 30 educators on Tuesday that they are in the "best position to focus on prevention" because of their high standards and their knowledge of children and their families.

Kathleen McChesney, executive director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection for the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, also stressed that Catholic educators should take a key role in developing the education requirement of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People developed by the US bishops.

But she also acknowledged the challenge many of them face with time and money constraints.

Teachers can play critical role in preventing abuse, panelist says (Catholic News Service 14/4/04)

Archbishop urges teachers to witness how to live a Christian life (Catholic News Service 14/4/04)

16 Apr 2004