Protecting God's Children
We at Saint Raphael the Archangel Parish are deeply grateful to those who, through their employment, or their volunteer efforts, help form our children academically, spiritually, socially and athletically. We are also aware that our children are a great gift - one that must be cherished and protected.
MISSOURI DIVISION OF FAMILY SERVICES CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE NUMBER
1.800.392.3738 (For Missouri Residents)
1.573.751.3448 (For Outside Missouri)
For reporting procedures and other information related to reported incidents of suspected abuse, please refer to the Archdiocese’s Policies, Procedures and Guidelines on Child Abuse.
II.8.16. All SPA in the Archdiocese should make the following information readily available.
TO REPORT OLD OR CURRENT ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE BY A MEMBER OF THE CLERGY OR BY LAY EMPLOYEES OR VOLUNTEERS OF THE ARCHDIOCESE CONTACT THE ARCHDIOCESE’S OFFICE OF PROTECTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH AT (314) 792-7704
As of May 22, 2003, the Archdiocese of St. Louis adopted a sexual misconduct policy that is in conformity with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People" and "Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons," as well as with Vatican documents and the Code of Canon Law.
In short, all clergy, employees, and volunteers that have regular contact with minors (defined as 3 or more times per year, or any overnight event) must:
- Attend one session of the "Protecting God's Children for Adults" workshop; Register for a workshop
- Have on file a "Code of Ethical Conduct for Clergy, Employees, or Volunteers Working With Minors", and; Please read and print up final page (11) to sign and return to rectory office Code of Ethics Packet and Form
- Have on file a copy of a current Criminal History and Child Abuse Background check. (Since Saint Raphael the Archangel Parish is utilizing the Missouri Family Care Safety Registry, you must also sign a form indicating you are registering for volunteer purposes.) St. Raphael will pay the $12 one-time fee. Background Check Registration Form
- STUDENT (Minor) VOLUNTEERS who work with children 3 or more times/year must sign (and their parents must co-sign) the "Code of Conduct for Student Volunteers Working With Minors." Student Volunteer Code
For questions or more information about compliance, please contact Mary Steck at firstname.lastname@example.org