Protecting God's Children

Protecting God's Children

Safe Environment Program

All adult employees and volunteers who have contact with minors and vulnerable adults must complete the following:


1. Attend a protecting God's Children Workshop.  To register go to  http://Virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_list2.cfm?theOrglD=144988theme-O
2. Complete a Criminal Records check from the Family Care Safety registry or another entity. Click here to download from
3. Commit to the code of Ethical Conduct for Clergy, Employees and Volunteers working with Minors in the Archdiocese. Employees or volunteers who have lived  outside the state of Missouri any time over the last 5 years have to undergo a one time national background check.  Click here to download form

Archdiocese of St. Louis Commitment to Ethical Conduct for Minors Volunteering or Working with Younger children.  Your are considered a minor if you are under 18 and still in high school. 
Click here to download form

Pleasae contact  Mary Truetken @ 314-638-3938 if you have any questions.

The national sexual-abuse prevention program “Protecting God’s Children” was adopted by the Archdiocese of St. Louis in November 2002 and is provided at no cost to parishes, schools, and archdiocesan agencies. All archdiocesan employees and volunteers who work with children on a regular basis are mandated to attend a presentation of the program. Priests in the archdiocese also participate in the program.

Developed by National Catholic Services, “Protecting God’s Children” is a comprehensive two-and-one-half-hour program that includes two video presentations which incorporate stories from victims of sexual abuse and their families, who speak about the impact that the abuse has had on them. In addition, the videos feature testimony from perpetrators of child abuse, who tell how they selected their victims and how they made the victims feel that the abuse was their own fault. The program also provides information on how to prevent situations that can lead to abuse, on what behaviors should raise concern about abuse, and on how to report abuse.

For information about the Safe Touch program click here

 

 

Victims of sexual abuse, in addition to contacting civil authorities, are asked to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance. Reports of abuse may be made to any Pastor or to:
Sandra Price, Executive Director
Office of Child & Youth Protection
314-792-7271
sandraprice@archstl.org

Missouri Department of Social Services, Children’s Division
Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline:
1-800-392-3738

Missouri Department of Heath & Senior Services
Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline:
1-800-392-0210

LINK TO THE ARCHDIOCESAN WEBSITE
 http://www.archstl.org