St. Veronica Parish requires all adult volunteers 18 and older, out of high school, to complete the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Child Protection requirements which include completing a background check, attending a VIRTUS Child Awareness Session and staying current with monthly Virtus bulletins before working with children.
What are we changing and why? The Archdiocese of Cincinnati began its Child Protection Decree in 1993. Every 5 years, the Decree has been revised and promulgated to the clerics, employees and volunteers of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, its parishes and institutions. In 2011, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) conducted an audit of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Child Protection Awareness process and recommended that they adopt a nationally recognized program for child protection. The Archdiocese chose The National Catholic Retention Group, Inc. program entitled VIRTUS©. Cincinnati became the 129th diocese in the U.S. to use the VIRTUS program.
What is VIRTUS©? VIRTUS is a brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote “right-doing” within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better protect our children from abuse in our homes, parishes, and communities.
What is expected? Those adults who interact with children in the archdiocese’s parishes, schools and institutions become the core of the prevention effort. The archdiocese has mandated that all clergy, all employees and those volunteers who interact with children must complete an interactive Child Awareness Session on the prevention of child abuse. The session takes approximately 3 hours to complete. A trained facilitator leads these awareness sessions. After completing the awareness session, regularly scheduled online bulletins are sent via email to reinforce the knowledge points made during the awareness session. Protecting God’s Children and VIRTUS is web-based, so tracking certification and keeping current with bulletins is simplified to ensure compliance.
St. Veronica 2018 Virtus Class Schedule (YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER, www.virtusonline.org)
All workshops will be held in the Ministry Center, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Room. You must register online to attend, (download instructions below)
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Orphanage (Cincinnati)
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 9:30 a.m. at St. Margaret of York (Loveland)
Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018 9:30 a.m. at St. Margaret of York (Loveland)
Requirements for fingerprinting/background checks have changed as of January 1, 2014.
1. FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS— You must take a Virtus class, have current fingerprint/background information within the past 5 years and be current on your Virtus bulletins or you will no longer be considered an active volunteer. If you have already taken the Virtus class and need to be re-screened, see instructions below.
2. All background checks for volunteers will be done online through SELECTiON.com. Log on to virtusonline.org and go to the toolbox tab. Search America will run the checks based on information you fill out. You will no longer have to go to a fingerprint location/mobile unit unless you are an employee/cleric or staff. If you are parish member volunteering for St. Veronica parish, you can call the church office to receive a token number, which means the parish will pay for the background check. (You always have the option to cover the $25.00 cost yourself to save the parish money.)
If you have any questions or need a Fastrax token, please contact the parish office 528-1622.