405 S. Church St., Wentzville, MO 63385 | 636-332-9225

Safe Environment Program

Safe Environment Program

Protecting God's Children

St. Patrick Catholic Church and School follow the Archdiocese of St. Louis Safe Environment Program (Protecting God’s Children). The program is designed to help protect the youth, elderly, and vulnerable adults of our parish as they participate in activities within our community. This process also provides a layer of protection against the possibility of false accusations for those adults who are involved in our many ministries.

 Dawn Burns • Child Safety Coordinator • 636-332-9225 ext. 221 • dawn@stpatsch.org


I need to take a Protecting God’s Children workshop. How do I find one?
To see schedules for workshops at parishes and organizations, CLICK HERE.
Or go to the VIRTUS site, click on the down arrow in the box, scroll to and select St. Louis, MO (Archdiocese), then click the Select button.

I found a class I would like to take. How do I register?
From the VIRTUS Online page, click on the "Start Registration" button near the top of the page. Create a User ID (may have to try multiple times until a unique id is created) and then create an 8 character password. Continue and fill out your contact information. Continue and select the primary location where you work or volunteer. Do not select the location of your training session. Answer Yes or No if you work/volunteer at a second location. Continue and select the roles that you play within the diocese. Answer additional Yes or No questions. Download and read the Code of Ethical Conduct Policy and agree to its requirements. Answer if you've attended a previous workshop. Now select the workshop you would like to register for, reading any special notes written, and click the Continue button at the bottom of the page.

I have taken a Protecting God’s Children workshop. What is the next step?
Please make sure that you have turned in a completed Workers Registration Form and the last page of the Code of Ethical Conduct called Commitment to Ethical Conduct Form to Dawn Burns at the parish office. If you have lived outside of Missouri within the last five years, please complete the American Checked Form. Please return all forms to Dawn Burns in the St. Patrick parish office.

I am a teen and would like to volunteer. What do I need to do?
If you are under 18 years old or still in high school, and wish to volunteer at St. Patrick Church and School, please complete the Code of Ethical Conduct for Youth Form, and return it to Dawn Burns in the parish office.

PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN INFORMATION & FORMS
Code of Ethical Conduct Booklet
Workers Registration Form
Commitment to Ethical Conduct Form
American Checked Form
Virtus Registration Instructions
Code of Ethical Conduct for Youth Form

Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-392-3738
For additional information related to reporting incidents of suspected abuse, please refer to the Archdiocese of St. Louis' Policy, Procedures, and Guidelines on Child Abuse and Neglect Report or contact: Office of Child and Youth Protection • 314-792-7704
Archdiocese of St. Louis