If you or someone you know has been abused or victimized by someone representing the Catholic Church, believe in the possibility for Hope, Help and Healing. Please contact:
- The Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1.800.392.3738
- The Missouri Adult Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1.800.392.0210
- Your local civil authorities
- Diocese of Jefferson City Victim assistance coordinator: Jacqueline Baldwin at 573.694.3199
Safe Environment Key Contacts
Office of Child and Youth Protection
Fiona Laverty, STB, JCL
573-635-9127, ext. 240
Victim Assistance Coordinator
573-635-9127, ext. 252
Alphonse J. Schwartze
Memorial Catholic Center
2207 West Main St
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0914
Creating a Safe Environment
“Let me be clear: we must understand sexual abuse, whether by clergy or others, is still a present reality in society. This requires a proper vigilance and the necessity to follow through with safe environment protocols to ensure our children and youth grow and flourish in a healthy Church environment and a societal culture that protects the vulnerable.”
— Bishop W. Shawn McKnight
The Office of Child and Youth Protection in the Diocese of Jefferson City is here to help protect and heal. In our diocese, we are preventing the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults in these four ways:
Safe Environment Policies
The policies and procedures of the safe environment program of the Diocese of Jefferson City govern the practices of employees, volunteers, religious brothers and sisters, priests, deacons and bishops in fulfillment of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (“USCCB”) Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and its Essential Norms.
In addition to the schools and parishes of the diocese, these policies also pertain to all Catholic institutions for which the diocesan bishop is a member of the corporation
(collectively, “Catholic Institutions”). The primary goal of these policies is to provide a safe environment for our children by preventing the opportunity for the abuse of minors.
Please see the PDFs below, and contact our office if you have questions on any of these policies and procedures.
Volunteer roles and responsibilities
In the Safe Environment Policies, the definition of "volunteer" is anyone who serves the mission of the Church with no expectation of being paid.
We categorize three types of volunteers:
Safe Environment Training
To begin the process of completing your training in safe environment, go to www.virtus.org and create an account.
Within the Virtus website you will be able to register for safe environment training (in person or online), read and consent to the Pastoral Code of Conduct and consent to the background screening applicable to your role (see our policies for more information).
See our tutorial video (below) for more information on how you can create your account in Virtus.
Resources for Parishes
- Poster to be displayed in every building on parish property
- 12 Bulletin Graphics to promote Safe Environment in your parish
- 12 Social Media graphics your parish can use to explain Safe Environment training