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.
In light of the recent headlines regarding the abuse that has occurred within the Catholic Church, the Archdiocesan Office of Safe Environment has worked diligently to establish some new guidelines and protocols to prevent and report abuse. We have a responsibility to make sure all of our programs - parish, religious education, youth ministry, Catholic schools, scouts, sports, etc... are providing the safest possible environment for our children, young people and vulnerable adults. Teachers, Catechists, Youth Coordinators and all others who work with youth must be trained and reminded repeatedly of their serious obligation to provide adequate supervision for our youth. Some important reminders on Safe Environment include:
* If anyone suspects abuse of a child in any form (emotional, physical, sexual, neglect), they are required to report to the proper authorities at the Department of Human Services: 1-800-522-3511. If the suspected abuser is someone who works for the Church, as an employee or volunteer, they must also call the Archdiocesan Hotline at 405-720-9878.
* No one may volunteer with children until they have completed all aspects of the Safe Environment Protocol. These include an interview, application, background check, 3 reference forms, attendance at a Safe Environment training, Code of Conduct Acknowledgement and Social Media Guidelines Acknowledgement.
* Teen volunteers must be at least 14 years old and complete all parts of the Safe Environment protocol except the background check.
* All employees, no matter what they do, must complete our Safe Environment protocol.
Details on the new procedures from the Archdiocese:
A new Safe Environment DVD was distributed to parishes and the Code of Conduct was revised in May 2014. Anyone who was trained prior to August 2014 must be retrained with the new video and Code of Conduct. We realize this is a challenging task, but we must ensure that all employees and volunteers understand their obligations to recognize abuse and how to report it.
If you are merely missing the Social Media Guidelines Acknowledgement or a Reference Form, these are located on the Documents section of this webpage. Completed forms can be forwarded to the Parish Office.
Learn more at www.archokc.org/safe-environment