Upcoming Trainings

Safe From Harm (SFH) is a comprehensive program, complete with model guidelines, designed to assist The Salvation Army's corps and social service institutions in their efforts to implement The Salvation Army's National Policy Statement on Sexual Abuse of Children. Safe From Harm is a "how to" manual for implementing the policy that has implications for nearly every area of The Salvation Army's corps and social service operations.

Safe From Harm has six objectives:

  • Educate leaders and workers about prvention of abuse or accidental injury.

  • Enable leaders and workers to develop procedures and practices that reduce these risks.

  • Protect adults from mistaken or groundless allegations.

  • Reduce liability for Salvation Army units.

  • Build parental confidence in Army programs, and

  • Prepare Army representatives to respond should an incident or accident occur.

Safe from Harm Training Now Online

This spring Safe from Harm (SFH) training will be available from the comfort and convenience of your corps, home or any place with internet access. In response to feedback from the field, the territorial social services department has implemented an internet-based abuse risk management training program, called Armatus to assist those working with children, youth and vulnerable adults to remain in compliance with Safe from Harm standards.

This extensive and economical online training is available for officers and employees as a refresher course-which is required every four years-and to volunteers as their initial and refresher training.

Of utmost importance to the social services department was to find training that was both high quality and easily accessible to every officer, employee and volunteer in the territory. Armatus, which is also used by the Southern and Western territories, meets those requirements and more. The courses are interactive with compelling graphics, video-clips and sound effects to engage participants.

"Through this training program even our volunteers in the most remote locations will have good-quality training readily available to them," said Helen Campbell, territorial early childhood program consultant and child/adult safety coordinator. "The training is completely self-paced, available at any time and covers the same content as our traditional Safe from Harm training."

Enrolling in the online training course is as simple as logging onto the website and answering a few questions. After enrollment the trainee will identify which training modules to take based on their responsibilities and divisional requirements. Each module takes only 30 to 45 minutes to complete and includes a brief quiz over key elements. Once trainees successfully complete the quiz, they'll receive a congratulatory Certificate of Completion, and their participation will be recorded in the system.

Please visit the "USC Safe from Harm resources" database in the "SocSer" folder on Lotus Notes or see your corps officer for a link to the online training.

Article written by the Central Connection

If you need help...

If you are a child or teen experiencing crisis, or if you know of a child or teen who is, please call:

  • In St. Charles County, call the St. Charles County Youth Connection Helpline at 636-642-0642.
  • In St. Louis County, call the St. Louis County Youth Connection Helpline at 314-628-2929.
  • In St. Louis City, call Youth In Need's 24-Hour Help Line at 636-946-3771.

Collect calls are accepted, and professional staff are on-hand 24/7 to help you with whatever issue you might be facing.


Helpful Websites

Fact Sheets and Downloads

Emergency Crisis Services

  • Bridgeway (Sexual Assault Response Team): 1-877-946-6854
  • Covenant House Nineline: 1-800-999-9999
  • Crisis Nursery: 314-768-3201
  • Life Crisis Services: 314-647-4357
  • Safe Connections: 314-531-2003 or 636-946-6854
  • United Way of Greater St. Louis Information and Referral: 211 or 1-800-427-4626
  • Youth Connection Helpline: 314-628-2929
  • Youth Emergency Service: 1-800-899-KIDS
  • Youth In Need 24-Hour Help Line: 636-946-3771

Child Abuse Services

  • Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis: 314-516-6798
  • Family Support Network: 314-644-5055
  • Missouri Children's Division Hotline: 800-392-3738 

Drug and Alcohol Services

  • Alcoholics Anonymous: 314-647-3677
  • ALANON: 314-645-1572
  • Bridgeway Counseling Services: 636-757-2300 (St. Charles) or 314-652-4200 (St. Louis County)
  • Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP
  • Narcotics Anonymous: 314-830-3232
  • NCADA: 314-962-3456
  • Preferred Family Healthcare: 636-946-6376

Gay and Lesbian Resources

  • Growing American Youth: 314-821-3524
  • Life Crisis Services: 1-877-542-8984
  • PFLAG: 314-821-3524
  • St. Louis Gay and Lesbian Hotline: 314-367-0084
  • The SPOT: 314-535-0413

Counseling Services

  • Behavioral Health Response: 1-800-811-4760
  • BJC Behavioral Health: 314-729-4004
  • Catholic Family Services: 636-498-2273
  • Crider Health Center: 636-332-6000
  • Kids in the Middle: 314-909-9922
  • Kids Under Twenty One (KUTO): 1-888-644-5886
  • Lutheran Family & Children's Services: 1-866-326-LFCS
  • Provident: 314-533-8200
  • Youth Connection Helpline: 314-628-2929
  • Youth In Need Outclient Counseling: 636-757-9424

Healthcare Services

  • Crider Health Center: 636-332-6000
  • Grace Hill: 314-814-8634
  • Murphy Health Center: 314-522-6410
  • State Medical Assisstance Office: 1-800-392-2161
  • Youth Connection Helpline: 314-628-292

Runaway Resources

  • National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-RUNAWAY
  • Youth Emergency Services: 314-727-6294
  • Youth In Need 24-Hour Help Line: 636-946-3771
  • Youth In Need Street Outreach: 1-877-YIN-4HELP

 Shelters and Homeless Services

  • Covenant House: 314-533-2241
  • Housing Resource Center (City/County Homeless Hotline): 314-802-441-1302
  • Salvation Army: 636-946-7966
  • Youth Connection Helpline: 314-628-2929
  • Youth In Need 24-Hour Help Line: 636-946-3771