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Safe Environment-Reporting Abuse

Safe Environment

Reporting Abuse

If you suspect abuse or neglect of a child in Kansas and the child is in immediate danger, call 911 or local law enforcement.  If you have suspicion a child is being abused or neglected make a confidential report to Kansas Department for Children and Families Protection Report Center, 800-922-5330

Click to access the online report form.

If you suspect abuse by Church personnel, in addition to making a report to the proper civil authorities, please contact Mr. Charles Befort, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 620-285-3219.  If you or someone you know may have been sexually abuse by Church personnel, contact Mr. Befort.  You may submit a report to the Diocese using a form below.

  English Spanish
  Diocesan Report Form PDF Format Diocesan Report Form PDF Format
  Electronic form Electronic form

Policy for the Protection of Children and Young People undergoes revisions

Revisions effective January 2018 have been made to our Policy for the Protection of Children and Young People and Code of Pastoral Conduct.

Everyone who has attended a Protecting God's Children awareness session received the Policy and Code that was current at that time.  In addition, each person signed a receipt that stated, "I understand that I am personally responsible for reading and abiding by these policies and the standards of behavior contained therein, including any revisions posted on the diocesan website." Therefore, everyone who has been trained should download and print this revised Policy and Code so that you are aware of the current norms.  A link to the revised document and a link to specific sections of the document are provided below.

English  Spanish
Complete Policy and Code rev. 2018 Completar Politica y Codigo rev. 2018
Repromulgation letter of Bishop Brungardt Carta de Repromulgacion del Obispo Brungardt
Safe Environment Program Programa de un Ambiente Seguro
Code of Conduct: Interaction with Children Codigo de Conducta: Interaccion con Ninos y Jovenes
Code of Conduct: Harassment Codigo de Conducta: Acoso
Guidelines for Childcare rev. Oct. 2018 Guias para Proporcionar el Cuidado de Ninos Oct. 2018


Scheduled PGC Awareness Sessions

Scheduled PGC Sessions in English

No Sessions Scheduled


Saturday, October 5, 2019
1510 N. Calhoun St 
Liberal, KS  67901

Contact: Veronica Vazquez (620) 624-4135
Facilitator: Norma Alvarez (620) 225-4802

To schedule a Protecting God's Children awareness session contact Ana Gaytan: 620-227-1500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

All of our Background Consent forms were revised July 2012. Please discard any previous forms and use only the current form.

Employee/Volunteer Background       Consent form English Spanish
Background Check Procedure English Spanish

Change Regarding Safe Environment Compliance

Beginning 1 July 2012 all adults who have regular contact with minors must be compliant PRIOR to beginning the volunteer ministry or activity.  Compliance means an adult must already have attended a Protecting God's Children awareness session and they already must have a completed background check.

This means if the day comes to begin some volunteer activity that involves regular contact with minors, and the adult has not yet attended a PGC awareness session and/or does not have a completed background check, then this adult many not take part in the volunteer activity until he/she becomes compliant.

Safe Environment Requirements (rev. July 2012)  (English)  (Spanish)

Internet: The Best of Times, the Worst of Times - The Dangers of Internet Pornography

What would we do without the Internet!?  This technology provides marvelous opportunities for worldwide instantaneous communication, countless resources for researchers and students, and the ability to connect with others near and far.  The progress that society, business and commerce have experienced in recent years, I am sure, can be linked to the ever-increasing capabilities of the Internet.  In many ways, these are the "best of times" in terms of Internet-possibility.

There is a dark side to the Internet, however.  Among other industries, pornography--its production and dissemination--can thank the Internet for its huge success.  There are 4.2 million pornographic websites and in 2006 the total porn industry revenue was $13.3 billion in the United States and $97 billion worldwide.

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Reporting Child Abuse

The former Kansas Department of the Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) is now the Department for Children and Families (DCF).

If you suspect a child is being abused or neglected, call the Kansas Protection Report Center at 1-800-922-5330.  Telephone lines are staffed 24 hours a day.  In the event of an emergency, contact your local law enforcement or call 911.  For more information go to Child Protective Services.

Reporting child or adult abuse or neglect can also be done electronically by using the new Kansas Intake/Investigation Protection System.

Hotline numbers for alcohol and drug abuse, problem gambling, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the National Human Trafficking Resource Center may be found on the DCF website here:

Anti-Pornography and Internet Safety Resources

Resources to Prevent Bullying, Violence and Child Abuse​

Anti-Pornography Resources
English Español
Checklist – Is Your Family Safe
7 Steps to Protect Your Family Siete Pasos para Protegar a tu Familiá
Age Appropriate Talking Points Puntos para Hablar de Acuerdo a la Edad
Cycle of Addiction Ciclo de Adicción
Cycle of Pornography Addiction Diagram Ciclo de la Adicción a la Pornografía
When Children Seek Pornography Cuando los Niños Buscan la Pornografía
How Port Hurt You
Tweens & Teens Young Adults
Married Couples Parents
Pornography Statistics Estadísticas de la Pornografía
A note regarding the resources above: A debt of gratitude is owed to the Archdiocese of Omaha for the work of their Anti-Pornography Task force and the resources they have provided to create an awareness of the problem and suggestions to assist parents and families in preventing pornography from becoming a problem.  We are equally grateful to the Diocese of Fresno for the Spanish translations of the Anti-Pornography resources.
Internet Safety Resources
Keeping Kids Safe on the Internet Como Mantener mas Seguros a los Niños en la Internet – Consejos para Pades 
Texting and Chatroom Acronyms Textos y acrónimos de sala de chat
More Chat Acronyms
Gaming Safety
Web Resources for Child Safety – Resource site for Internet safety
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Children Who Are Home Alone Niños que se quedan en casa
Going To and From School More Safely Ir y regresar de la escuela de forma más segura 
General Information
Child Sexual Abuse: What Parents Should Know
Bullying Awareness
Resources to Prevent Bullying, Violence and Child Abuse
Myths About Bullying 
Warning Signs that a Child is Being Bullied senales de Alerta de que un Nino esta Siendo Molestado o Intimidado 
Stop Bullying
Gang Awareness
Addressing Community Gang Problems: A Practical Guide
Parents' Guide to Gangs Guia sobre las pandillas para los padres
Gang Involvement: A Parent's Quick Reference Guide actividades de Pandillas: Tarjeta de Informacion Rapida Para Padres

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910 Central PO Box 137 Dodge City, KS 67801 | 620-227-1500

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