Office of Child & Youth Protection

Protecting Children at Every Stage of Life

Diocesan Policies for Staff, Coordinators of Youth    Ministry and Adult Volunteers Serving in  Ministry with Youth

All volunteers age 18 and older serving in ministry with youth are required to:

  1. Complete the Screening Form (State/Federal Background check)

  2. Attend Virtus’ Protecting God’s Children class

  3. Sign a ‘Code of Conduct’ form

These documents are kept on file in the parish office.        It is the responsibility of the Pastor or Pastoral Administrator or his/her designated representative to review the Screening Form for Volunteers Working with Minors.

Volunteer and personal references are always be checked when a person applying to volunteer has:

  1. Not been a member of the parish for at least three years.

  2. Indicated a lapse in service in other volunteer settings.

It is recommended that all volunteers in ministry with youth should  receive a copy of the:

  1. Standards of Conduct

  2. Job Description

  3. Other diocesan policies and forms as deemed appropriate by  the Pastor and/or Safety Director.

Adults working with youth must:

  1. Never be alone with a youth whether in a vehicle or in the building.

  2. Adults and youth cannot be in a room with a child which a   key is necessary to enter but not necessary to lock the door.

  3. When working one on one with youth, the adult must work with  this youth in a visible location.

Adults ~ Protecting God’s Children for Adults

All personnel and volunteers age 18 and older who interact with any child/children are required to attend a Virtus – Protecting God’s Children training session that teaches the warning signs of abuse. Volunteers include but are not limited to catechists, childcare for meetings or events, drivers, and chaperones. Participants learn strategies for maintaining safe environments and how to handle suspected abuse.  The program mandates ongoing continuing education for directors of programs for children and youth, clergy, teachers and child care staff.

Protecting God’s Children puts everyone in the community on the same page – priests, deacons, pastoral workers, school staff, and parents – and raises the awareness of abuse.  Through consistent education and outreach, adults can effectively impact the incidence of abuse.

Regarding Children (age 17 and under)

  • When taking care of children on church property a minimum of  two adults and/or teenagers needs to be present in the same room as the child/children. 

  • Adults need to have a background check and go through   Virtus’ Protecting God’s Children class. If an emergency    situation arises out of your control, at least one adult should have the necessary classes. The adult who has not been trained may never be alone with any child.

  • Childcare location must be visible to someone walking by.

  • The adult/teen may not be in a room with a child which a key is necessary to enter but not necessary to lock the door.

  • A staff member must be present in the building when minors are present.

From the Ombudsman

2015-2016 Report

Report-August 2012

Report-August 2013

2016-2017 Report

How the Church Responds

Important Numbers:


Jenifer Valenti:816-812-2500

Director of Child and Youth Protection

Carrie Cooper: 816-714-2380

2018 Letters

Letter from the Bishop

Letter from the Pope

St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church
777 NE Blackwell Rd
Lee's Summit, MO 64086-3717
United States
ph: (816) 246-6800

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St. Margaret of Scotland Catholic Church.
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