Safe Environment for Children

safekidsIn 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)

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.

Adults who are around children and youth are also required to complete a background check every three years. Forms are available at the Parish Office.

Volunteering at the school

All persons wishing to volunteer at our school must satisfy the school’s requirements including a background check and training regarding abuse prevention. Refer to the school handbook for specifics.

If you are looking for the Virtus training, a schedule of workshops and online registration are all available www.virtus.org. This training is required for all volunteers working with children.

Youth Group safe environment policies and forms

At the Diocesan level

The web site for the Diocese of Kansas City-Saint Joseph has extensive information on protecting children including policy statements, safe environment programs, workshops, and assistance for victims.

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