Safe Environment

St. Joseph Parish follows the Safe Enviroment Program of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

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 child, other than by accidental means, by those responsible for the child’s care, custody and control or from persons who are agents or employees of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. All employees, volunteers, religious, priests and deacons working in the schools, parishes and agencies of the Archdiocese of St. Louis are required to support this Policy and to comply with the Procedures developed to implement the Policy.

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has developed a new system for safe environment compliance called Prevent and Protect STL. Everyone ministering to minors and vulnerable adults (clergy, employees and volunteers) in the Archdiocese is required and asked to register in the new system. This includes those new to service and those who are currently in service. For those who have already attended a Protecting God’s Children workshop, your previous training date will transfer to this new system. In addition to attending a live Protecting God’s Children workshop, all clergy, volunteers, and employees will register for an updated background screening, view two new online training modules on abuse reporting and the Code of Ethical Conduct, and agree to the updated Code of Ethical Conduct. Please go to www.preventandprotectstl.org to register and contact your parish Child Safety Coordinator with any questions or for further assistance.

Instructions on how to register

Links for PGC workshops and/or the Office of Child and Youth Protection are located at www.preventandprotectstl.org

Archdiocese of St. Louis Code of Ethical Conduct For Minors Volunteering or Working With Younger Children. Please fill out this form.

 All children in archdiocesan educational programs are encouraged to participate in a “Safe Touch” program. Safe Touch programs are educational programs that teach children how to protect themselves from being sexually abused. Age appropriate programs are being implemented throughout the archdiocese.

If you have questions contact Mary Truetken: 636-464-1013 x109 or mtruetken@sjiparish.org

 

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

Archdiocesan Safe Environment Program

Archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection

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