Safe Environment Program

The Archdiocese of St. Louis Safe Environment Program exists to create a safe environment for our children and vulnerable adults. 
 
Archdiocesan Policy:
 
The Archdiocese of St. Louis is committed to the prevention of child abuse and to assisting those who are affected by incidents of child abuse.  For purposes of this policy, child abuse means physical injury, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse inflicted on a chile, other than by accidental means, by those reponsible for the child's care, custody and control or from persons who are agents or empolyees of teh Archdiocese of St. Louis.  All empolyees, volunteers, religious, priests and deacons working in the schools, parishes and agencies of the Archidocese of St.  Louis are required to support this Policy and to comply with the Procedures developed to implement the Policy.
 
SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM COMPLIANCE

Anyone who works with or volunteers with children must be compliant with the Safe Environment Program of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis set forth by the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Compliance includes attending a Protecting God's Children Workshop, completing a Worker Registration form to obtain a background check, and reading and signing a Code of Ethical Conduct.  Each location must have copies of individual background checks and code of ethical conduct forms on file for all active volunteers and employees.  Additional background checks may be necessary if you have lived out of state in previous years.

To register online for a Protecting God's Children Workshop, please visit www.archstl.org and click on the Protecting God's Children link.  You will be redirected to the VIRTUSOnline.org site to complete the registration process.  The Code of Ethical Conduct and Worker Registration forms are available from your parish Child Safety Coordinator, Deacon Michael Burch.  If you have questions or need assistance with this process please contact the parish office or the Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program at 314-792-7272.

Missouri Background Checks are obtained when you begin your ministry and are updated every even numbered year.  Please let the parish office know if you would like to be removed from the list of active volunteers.  You must also contact the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry at 1-866-422-6872 with address changes.
 
*Student volunteers are not required to follow these guidelines.