St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is committed to providing a safe environment for everyone who comes to the parish and school, and we work diligently to ensure all volunteers, faculty and staff have undergone safe environment training, background and reference checks. If you have any questions regarding the safe environment training program at St. John the Baptist, please contact Angela Holt.
Safe Environment Procedures and Forms can be found in the Documents box to the right.
Abuse of Minors Pastoral Response Hotline: 405-720-9878
For the safety of children and the healing of victims, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City provides an Abuse of Minors Pastoral Response Hotline for reporting the abuse of a minor (in the past or presently) by a member of the clergy or other church personnel. Calls to this number will be answered by the Archdiocesan Assistance Coordinator who will offer to meet with the caller in person, if the caller so desires. The Assistance Coordinator will also assist you in making a formal complaint to the Archdiocese, arranging a personal meeting with the Archbishop or his representative and in obtaining support and pastoral counseling.
Calls are confidential with the following exceptions:
Any allegation of sexual or physical abuse or neglect concerning those who currently are minors must be reported to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (1-800-522-3511) as required by Oklahoma laws and Archdiocesan policies.
Any allegation of sexual misconduct must be shared with the proper Archdiocesan authorities.
Local law enforcement agencies may also be contacted.
In addition, there are several things you may do:
Contact the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (1-800-522-3511). Contacting DHS is mandatory if the victim is a minor.
Contact the appropriate law enforcement agency (for example the local police).
Contact local child protection agencies, a private attorney and or a support group.