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Safe Environment Program

The Safe Environment Program was developed by the Archdiocese. If you have any questions about the program, please contact:

Archdiocese of St. Louis
20 Archbishop May Drive
St. Louis, MO 63119
Visit their website at www.archstl.org or call 314.792.7000.

To report child abuse or neglect, please contact:
Missouri Department of Social Services
Children's Division Child Abuse & Neglect
Hotline Number: 1-800-392-3738

For additional information related to reporting incidents of suspected abuse, please refer to the Archdiocese's Policy, Procedures, and Guidelines on Child Abuse and Neglect Reports or contact:
Office of Child and Youth Protection
(314) 792-7704

The Safe Environment Program requires that all employees, volunteers, religious, priests and deacons who work with or near minors, would be participating in an overnight program with minors, or would be on a list of persons eligible to be working with minors, even if it is not known whether or how often he/she would actually be scheduled - must do the following:

1) attend a "Protecting God's Children," training; agree to electronically update the training after a period of five years; and each five year period thereafter
2) agree to undergo a background screening than evaluates any history related to criminal charges as well as child abuse and neglect; agree to update the background screening every even numbered year (Missouri Family Care Safety Registry)
3) agree to undergo an additional background screening if you have resided out of state in the past five years; or currently reside out of state (American Checked, Inc.; fingerprints may be taken in some cases)
4) agree to and provide a hard copy or electronic signature to the Ethical Code of Conduct for Clergy, Employees and Volunteers working with Minors

To get information on the "Protecting God's Children" workshop schedule, please follow the link below.