The 2013 Archdiocese of Cincinnati decree on Child Protection is in effect for all entities in the diocese. The diocese statement governing this policy is:
All “employees” and “regular volunteers” as defined in the July 1, 2013 Decree on Child Protection (Decree) must receive an acceptable background check, and must attend a VIRTUS ® Child Awareness Session on the Decree before they can have contact with children. If any employee or regular volunteer has not received an acceptable background check result and/ or not attended a VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session on the Decree, that employee or regular volunteer is not approved to have contact with children and may not have contact with children. In addition, all new employees within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati must complete and sign a B.4 Form and send them to the Office of Safe Environment for the Protection of Children and Youth before the new employee can begin having contact with children.
The child protection decree applies to all parish sponsored activities and events if children are to be present regardless if they are held on parish property or anywhere off site including private homes.
Please go to the Child Protection-Virtus and Child Protection-Selection.com pages on our parish web site (see below) for more information about each this program.
If you or someone you know has been abused at any time by an agent of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati (priest, deacon, employee or volunteer), the Archdiocese urges you to report the abuse to the Coordinator of Ministry to Survivors of Abuse, formally known as Victims’ Assistance Coordinator, of the Archdiocese at 513-421-3131 or 1-800-686-2724 as well as to the secular legal authorities.
For more information on the Decree on Child Protection, see the information to the right.