Safe Environment for Children

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In order to protect our children and those who serve them, anyone working in a supervisory capacity with minors on a regular basis must attend the Protecting God’s Children session provided by the Diocese. Adults working in a supervisory capacity with minors must be at least 21 years of age. Those who are open to assisting with any ministry with children and youth are strongly encouraged to attend the workshop as well. More information on this (the Virtus program) may be found at www.virtus.org. Registrations are only accepted by going to their site. For assistance in navigating the website, call the Parish Office at 816.942.2492. A schedule of available Virtus workshop dates can also be found on the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph website. (Click here)

In order to protect our children and those who serve them, anyone assisting with minors must follow the diocesan Safe Environment protocol through Virtus, at virtus.org. The same protocol is used for parish participation including youth ministry and for school participation. Adults working in a supervisory capacity with minors must be at least 21 years of age.

The protocol for adults includes:

  1. Completing an application including references if asked to do so. This applies especially to new volunteers, volunteers assisting in new ministries, and volunteers assisting new employees who do not know them.
  2. Going to virtus.org to set up an account and read the four-part EIM (policy on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry), answering questions for each part (10-15 minutes total).
  3. Submitting to a diocesan-paid background check, also found at virtus.org.
  4. Signing up for a PGC (Protecting God’s Children) workshop with the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph (not KCK) and attending that three hour workshop within sixty days of service.

Adults must complete steps 1-3 above BEFORE any interaction with minors.

Older youth

Older youth who assist with younger children are encouraged to attend the Protecting God’s Children workshop, but must have a parent’s written permission to do so. Youth under 18 years of age cannot submit to a background check, but must complete a Code of Conduct form that they and a parent must sign and return to the SEC (Safe Environment Coordinator).

Questions? Contact:

Parish Safe Environment Coordinator (SEC)
Joan Sandford: 816-942-2492 x202 or joan@stmkc.com

School Safe Environment Coordinator (SEC)
Kathy O’Sullivan: 816-942-5581 or osullivan_kathy@stmcyclones.org

Diocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection

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