The Archdiocese of Cincinnati uses the nationally recognized VIRTUS program as the nexus of its child protection program. Called Protecting God’s Children, the program strives to build on what we already know about child abuse: teaching effective and safe boundaries, how to spot predators who masquerade as people doing good in the community and how to prevent situations where children are exposed to danger. The presentation consists of two 30 minute videos which feature victims of child sexual abuse, their families, as well as two convicted child predators. Workbook activities and group discussions round out each session, and there is a monthly online follow up requirement.
FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
Who has to attend a VIRTUS session?
Any and all volunteers in a parish or school who wish to have contact with children under age 18. There are no exceptions.
I have already attended a child protection class at my parish/school. Do I need to attend a VIRTUS session?
Yes. The Archdiocese has determined that all clergy, paid staff and volunteers need to attend a VIRTUS session, even if you have previously attended the old child protection program. As of July 1, 2014, no individual may work with or volunteer with children under 18 unless they attend a VIRTUS session.
What about the ongoing, online follow-ups I have heard about?
There are short monthly online bulletins (which include one question) that need to be read. Bulletins are available at virtusonline.org after the 10th of each month.
**IN ORDER TO REMAIN COMPLIANT WITH THE CHILD PROTECTION DECREE,YOU MUST REMAIN CURRENT WITH YOUR MONTHLY BULLETINS.** IF YOU FALL THREE OR MORE BULLETINS BEHIND, YOU MUST RE-TAKE THE CLASS (Archdiocesan policy).
How do I sign up for a class? Where can I find a list of sessions?
Go online to virtusonline.org to register and find a list of local sessions. You must pre-register in order to take the class. You may choose any class that is convenient for you; you do not have to attend a session held at St. Vivian.
Do I have to get fingerprinted again?
If your current fingerprints are over 5 years old, you must complete the online background check on the selection.com section on the VIRTUS website. There is a $25.00 charge for the background check. Please email Kathy Rothschild at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to check your fingerprinting date.