Safe Environment Program

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.

Protecting God’s Children

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has developed a 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. 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 to register and contact your parish Child Safety Coordinator with any questions or for further assistance.

We are a welcoming Catholic community called by God to live out the message of Christ in love and service to all people.

Links for PGC workshops and/or the Office of Child and Youth Protection

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

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 Carol DuBuque: 636-464-1013 x105 or