Helping teens navigate a challenging world

Archbishop Timothy Costelloe at the resource launch (The eRecord/Josh Low)

Perth Archdiocese's Safeguarding Office has launched a handbook for teenagers in response to the “increasing pressures teenagers face in an ever-changing and ever-challenging world”. Source: The eRecord.

The Love, Sex and Relationships – The Basic Essentials for Catholic Teenagers resource was launched at a breakfast held in Perth last week for National Child Protection Week.

Some of the topics discussed in the 57-paged handbook include online safety, abuse and violence, pornography, sex and criminal law.

The handbook was written by Safeguarding Office Director Andrea Musulin and Manager of Ministry Services at the University of Notre Dame Australia Fremantle Campus, Tom Gourlay.

Perth Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB officially launched the new resource. He said the teen handbook was written in simple language, accessible to young people, and full of practical examples with activities, and directed to the adolescents themselves.

“While it is not always recognised in the wider community, the Catholic Church has made enormous efforts to transform our Catholic communities into places of safety for our young people – the Church of 2018 is not the same as it was 50 years back," Archbishop Costelloe said.

“Because in the past we were so much a part of the problem, now and into the future, we are determined to be a part of the solution,” Archbishop Costelloe added.

Mrs Musulin told The eRecord her office had produced promotional material to match last year's resource for parents at primary school level, Protecting God’s Children – A Catholic Parent’s Guide to Keeping their Kids Safe.

She said her team hoped to create a new resource for young adults aged 18 to 25, with a particular focus on university students.

“We are also considering a safety app for children and an indigenous protective behaviours resource,” Mrs Musulin concluded.


‘Love, Sex and Relationships’ highlighted in latest teen handbook (The eRecord)

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