ALL adults who intend to work or volunteer in any capacity with children, MUST be trained in the Protecting God's Children, the Virtus program before such work begins. Protecting God's children, the Virtus program, educates and trains adults (clergy, religious, teachers, staff, volunteers, parents) about the dangers of abuse, the warning signs of abuse, the ways to prevent abuse, the methods of properly report suspicions of abuse, and responding to allegations of abuse. No individual, organization, or ministry is exempt from being certified in the Virtus.
The program for adults is a three hour awareness session that shows you must have continuous awareness and vigilance in order to protect children. This awareness session helps trainees understand the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse and five empowerment steps one can use to prevent child abuse. There are also monthly on-line follow-up and informative bulletin articles that must be completed in order to remain certified.
New employees and all volunteers must attend a Virtus class before beginning their work.
Criminal background checks will continue to be required prior to employment and volunteering.
For more information about this program, visit the Virtus website.
Position Appointments: Fr. Bill Wagner has appointed Linda Caskey as our Local Safe Environment Coordinator (SEC). The Local Safe Environment Coordinator is responsible for maintaining parish compliance with background checks and Virtus training under the Child Protection Decree. The SEC works closely with the diocese to ensure the program is in compliance with national requirements.
Lisa Casavant has been certified as a Virtus Facilitator. Facilitators present the Virtus training classes to clerics, employees, volunteers and others in the Archdiocese.
Virtus Training Classes at St. Thomas More Parish: St. Thomas More Parish peridoically schedules training classes. You can register for a class at VIRTUSOnLine.
WALK-INS TO A VIRTUS CLASS ARE NOT PERMITTED. THIS IS ARCHDIOCESE POLICY. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!
No one under 18 may not be brought to the classes because of the sensitive nature of the material. Baby sitting is not provided.
VIRTUS® MONTHLY BULLETIN POLICY ~ The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has announced that All VIRTUS® trained employees and volunteers are expected to read and keep current with all monthly continuing education VIRTUS® Bulletins. Effective July 1, 2014, anyone who falls behind and does not read three or more monthly Bulletins in a row can not have any further contact with children. All leaders of each Archdiocesan institution, (i.e. pastors, principals, etc.) are responsible for enforcing this VIRTUS® Monthly Bulletin Policy. Sp
If a Virtus account has been inactive and are 18 or more training bulletins behind, the account may NOT be reopened to catch up on all the old bulletins upon request. Instead, the location SEC is to be contacted to arrange with the diocese for the volunteer to attend a 90 minute interactive, on line training class within two weeks. Once the class has been successfully completed, the location SEC will notify the diocese to delete all the old, unread bulletins. The volunteer's Virtus account will be marked active and will be approved to volunteer as along as their bulletins are kept up to date.
VIRTUS® TRANSFER POLICY FROM ANOTHER DIOCESE ~ "Any person who wants to transfer from another diocese into the Archdiocese of Cincinnati must meet two conditions: (i) the person must have attended a live VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session in their diocese, and (ii) the person wishing to transfer his / her User Account must be current on reading all VIRTUS® monthly Bulletins. Only then can that person’s VIRTUS® User Account transfer from his / her previous diocese into Cincinnati."
To transfer your Virtus account to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati from another diocese, please complete this form and follow the instructions to process the transfer request.