Protecting God's Children

Child sexual abuse is a worldwide public health issue. Child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse, is reprehensible—especially when the wrongdoer is affiliated with the Church. The Protecting God's Children programs assist the Church in being a safe haven for children and a messenger for preventing child sexual abuse within the Church and society in general.

At St. Bernadette's, as at all other parishes, employees and volunteers who have contact with minors on a regular basis must:

  1. Attend a Protecting God's Children Workshop.
  2. Complete a criminal records check from the Family Care Safety Registry.
  3. Commit to the Code of Ethical Conduct for Clergy, Employees and Volunteers Working With Minors in the Archdiocese.
  4. Employees or volunteers who have resided outside of the state of Missouri any time over the last five years will have to undergo a one-time national background check. Illinois Residents will have Illinois and Missouri background checks conducted every even-numbered year.

Please note, the phone number for the Missouri Children’s Division Child Abuse Hotline is 1-800-392-3738.

For information on reporting procedures and other information related to reporting incidents of suspected current or past abuse, please visit the Safe Environment page of the Archdiocesan website. For further assistance, you may also contact the Director of the Office of Child & Youth Protection at 314-792-7704.

If you are in need of a Protecting God's Children Workshop, please contact the rectory office at 314-892-6882.