Since the release of the 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, “safe environment education” has been an annual requirement for all parishes within the Catholic Church. The mandate requires that all children be given annual lessons to help them recognize and avoid sexual abuse. Given the strict diocesan guidelines, mandatory reporting procedures, record keeping requirements, and diocesan and national-level audits, it is important that parishes of all sizes have comprehensive materials to give their teachers and catechists. Conversations about L.I.F.E. fills that need! The L.I.F.E. program provides safe environment training with theologically-based materials and an experience-driven structure.
The Church has also called for more comprehensive chastity education for youth. In the 2008 document Catechetical Formation in Chaste Living, the US bishops mandate a program that provides chastity education for children of all ages. And in the 2016 exhortation Amoris Lætitia, Pope Francis points out the need for sexuality education and encourages parents to discuss important topics such as sexuality with their own children.
Conversations about L.I.F.E. was strategically created to provide a full suite of chastity education materials spanning from pre-kindergarten through high school, offering age-appropriate lessons on how to develop loving relationships and how to avoid relationships which use others. The lessons also enhance parent and guardian participation in these important life topics, including both in-session participation and guided parent follow up.
Conversations about L.I.F.E. comprehensively covers both the safe environment mandate and the chastity education mandates. It sets up parishes and diocese for success while also building stronger, safer, healthier, and more aware children.