The Archdiocesan Decree on Child Protection requires all employees and regular volunteers to have a criminal background check and attend a VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session for the Decree on Child Protection before he or she works with or interacts with children.
The Child Protection Decree defines a “regular volunteer” as an adult who is not a cleric or employee (for example, a catechist, scout leader, coach, server coordinator, etc.) who functions in a regular relationship having contact with children. This includes interns, student teachers and others in similar capacities.
For example, a regular volunteer is one who has contact with children:
♦ on any overnight event;
♦ on at least a monthly basis; or
♦ in a multi-day program (e.g. Vacation Bible School).
A regular volunteer has contact with children at least once a month, or participates in any overnight event with children. It does not include the occasional volunteer such as a driver or chaperone whose contact with children is less than one hour per month for activities that are not overnight.
VIRTUS® Child Awareness Sessions are held at various locations around the Archdiocese. You must pre-register for the session. For information on dates, times and locations, go to www.virtusonline.org. Click on the “Registration” link on the left. Select the arrow “View list of sessions”. From the list, select “Cincinnati OH Archdiocese of Cincinnati”. Then Click on “SELECT” and choose the session you wish to attend. Then click on the blue “Start Registration” box and complete your registration.
After completing the VIRTUS session, it is the volunteer’s responsibility to read the monthly VIRTUS bulletins and answer the questions, whether a reminder email is sent or not. Any person who falls behind three or more bulletins will be required to attend another full VIRTUS session before he/she can have any contact with children.
A background check is required for all volunteers whose fingerprints are not current (older than 5 or more years). It is done online through Selection.com on the volunteer’s VIRTUS account. There is a $25 charge for the background check. Anyone previously approved, but their fingerprints are older than 5 or more years, will not be approved until they do the Selection.com background check through their VIRTUS account.