“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. This is a time when we all get together and work towards preventing child abuse and neglect and to promote happy, healthy, stable children and families. During this month of April, and throughout the year, the Office of Child Abuse Prevention and the California Department of Social Services encourages organizations to promote child abuse and neglect prevention across the state of California.
In an effort to promote child abuse and neglect prevention, the St. Louise community formed the Safeguard the Children Committee in 2004, which has since been committed to creating and maintaining a safe environment for all children who are here on our grounds. Since then, our St. Louise community has taken the proper steps in ensuring a safe environment for our children and young people through ongoing fingerprinting and VIRTUS training, educational resources, placement of security cameras in key locations, ensuring safety measures throughout the facilities and grounds including parking lot barricades; windows in office, classroom, meeting rooms, and confessional doors; playground safety surface replacement and equipment repair, and a continuous review of school allergy awareness and policies, emergency supplies, mock-in-house audits, and emergency lock down and safety procedures.
For more information on other ways to keep kids safe, contact Linda Filkins, the Parish Safeguard Committee Chairperson at (626)214-7846 or the Archdiocesan Safeguard the Children Office at (213)637-7227. For particular help, call the Victim’s Assistance Office at: (213)637-7650.