The purpose of the Safe Environment Program is to create and maintain a Safe Environment for all God's Children. All employees, volunteers, religious, priests, and deacons working in the schools, parishes, and agencies of the Archdiocese of St. Louis are required to support the Safe Environment Policy to comply with all procedures developed to prevent child abuse.
Compliance with the Safe Environment Program requires adults who work or volunteer with or near children to attend a Protecting God's Children workshop, complete a Missouri background check through the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry.
Additional background checks will be required for adults who have resided outside the state of Missouri in the past five years or who are current residents of Illinois or another state.
To register fro a Protecting God's Children workshop please visit Archstl.org and click on the Protecting God's Children workshop link in the center of the page. You will be redirected to the Virtus Online, http://virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_list2.cfm?theOrgID=14498&theme=0, site to complete the online registration process. Additional information regarding background checks should be provided at the workshop and/or your parish, school, or agency.
Victims of sexual abuse, in addition to contacting civil authorities, are asked to come forward in order to receive pastoral assistance. Reports of sexual abuse may be made to any Pastor or to:
Missouri Department of Social Services Children's Division Hotline Reporting Number: 1-800-392-3738
Sandra Price, Executive Director, Office of Child and Youth Protection of the Archdiocese of St. Louis: 314-792-7271 or [email protected]
Missouri Background Checks are updated every even numbered year. Please let the parish, school, or agency know if you would like to be removed from the list of active adults working with our near children. Please contact the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry to update your address if you have moved in the last five years. They can be reached at 1-866-422-6872.
For more information regarding our Safe Environment Compliance, please contact Kathy Mueller at 636-239-3222 or [email protected]
Download these forms.