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
573-635-9127, ext. 224
Victim Assistance Coordinator
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:
Improved Safe Environment Policies
In the fall of 2020, safe environment policies were updated to strengthen how our diocese is protecting the vulnerable among us by training employees, priests, deacons, and religious, adults, youth, and volunteers in our parishes, including our schools.
New definitions of 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:
Effective July 1, 2021, all K-8 Catholic School parents will be required to complete the requirements in 1.2. In some instances, parents may be exempt from some requirements. These instances must be approved through the Catholic Schools Office and the Office of Child and Youth Protection.
Please keep in mind that involvement in church-related activities is not defined as volunteering (e.g., participating in a quilting group, altar society meetings, or attending Mass or devotions). These forms of participation may be contributing to the mission of the church, but they are not strictly forms of volunteering.
For single-occasion volunteers, we have an easy-to-use form to help streamline your Safe Environment compliance. Please click here to fill out the Single Occasion Volunteer Form.
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 documents.
Safe Environment Training
Step 1: Complete a VIRTUS training session (in person or online).
- If you already have a VIRTUS account, or do not need the tutorial, simply visit www.virtus.org.
Step 2: Read and consent to the Pastoral Code of Conduct. This step is included in your online VIRTUS certification.
Step 3: Prompted by your VIRTUS registration and with your permission, our office will run a check through the National Sex Offender Registry on your behalf.
Resources for Parishes
- 12 Bulletin Graphics to promote Safe Environment in your parish
- 12 Social Media graphics your parish can use to explain Safe Environment training
- Safe Environment Explained: 1 Page Flyer, PDF (Coming Soon)