Virtus TrainingThe Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas and the Cathedral Church of St. Peter Kansas City are committed to the healthiest environment for the nurturing of our children and assisting them in the development of their fullest potential as people of faith and as productive citizens. Any conduct that would interfere with this mission must be confronted, discouraged and eliminated. We are committed to the safety and dignity of our children and youth through our Virtus Program. This program enables us to recognize child abuse, prevent child abuse, provides detailed information on harassment and other types of behavior that may be offensive or intimidating to coworkers and volunteers, and sets a code of ethical standard for all. If you are interested in these policies, please contact the parish office, 913-371-0840.
All who are employed by the Archdiocese and Cathedral parish or who volunteer with children, are REQUIRED to complete Virtus training.
Please visit http://www.virtus.org/virtus/ if you would like more information.
What should I do if I suspect abuse or neglect of a child in Kansas?
Any person who has reason to believe taht a child is being abused or neglected can make a confidential report to the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. The state provides a toll-free child abuse hotline. The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services Child Abuse Hotline is 800-922-5330.
Who is considered a child?
A "child" is considered to be any person who has not reached his or her eighteenth birthday. An "abused child" is any child who has been neglected, or sexually, physically, or psychologically injured.
What should I do if I suspet abuse by church or school personnel?
In addition to making a report to the proper civil authorities, please make a report to the Archdiocese. The Archdiocese confidential report line is 913-647-3051.
What should I do if I need to talk to someone?
In addition to a wide variety of mental health organizations, Catholic Charities offers crisis and stabilization counseling in the Kansas City metro area, Topeka, Leavenworth and Emporia. You can reach Catholic Charities by calling 913-433-2100.
A Plan to Protect God's Children
Step 1: Know the Warning Signs
Knowing the warning signs means that we can recognize the early signs of an inappropriate relationship between an adult and a child. If we know the warning signs, then we can identify potential abuse before it happens and avoid having to rely on a child to report an incident after it has already taken place.
Step 2: Control Access
Controlling access means that we are careful about whom we allow to work with our children. It also sends a message to potential child molesters that we are alert about child sexual abuse.
Step 3: Monitor all Programs
Child molesters look for ways to spend time alone with children. If they know someone is watching, they have more trouble finding opportunities to abuse without getting caught.
Step 4: Be Aware
Being aware means that parents should know what is going on in the lives of their own children and pay attention to subtle signs of a problem. Parents should talk to their children, listen to them, and observe them. When we observe and communicate with our children, we are more likely to detect the signs if they are in danger. We can notice a sudden change in behavior, if they get moody or aggressive, lose interest in school, or stop taking care of their personal hygiene.
Step 5: Communicate Your Concerns
Communicating concerns means telling someone when you are uncomfortable with a situation or if you suspect abuse. It means paying attention to your own feelings and not waiting until it is too late. Only by communicating concerns can we use our knowledge to protect children. Even if abuse is not occuring, it is still important to let others know when you have concerns.