"One of the greatest responsibilities adults ever face is the protection of children under their care. That is a duty that falls heavily upon those who minister in the name of the Church because children are entrusted to us in so many ways – in schools, in religious education, in Scouting, on field trips and in sports. Parents have a right to expect that their children are as safe as humanly possible in all of these situations."
ALL PARISH VOLUNTEERS/EMPLOYEES: NEW CHILD PROTECTION PLATFORM
In July 2021 the Archdiocese will be moving to SafeParish as the new platform for Child Protection training and compliance. SafeParish is an organization that specializes in training and education solutions for organizations world-wide. They have 20+ years of experience in providing child safe environment training programs. SafeParish will continue to work with our current background check provider – Selection.com. All training and background information in your current VIRTUS account will be transferred to SafeParish. No new live training through SafeParish will be required if you have completed live child protection training through VIRTUS. Ongoing child protection training will still be required for all volunteers and employees and will consist of quarterly interactive video-based training instead of monthly bulletins.
Once all the local safe environment coordinators have been registered on the SafeParish website, set up as local site administrators, and trained on the SafeParish website and database, then SafeParish will send emails to all current VIRTUS account holders with instructions for registering on the SafeParish website. SafeParish will match information entered by each user to data transferred from the VIRTUS database to identify the user and transfer information from their VIRTUS account including background check, B4, training, and monthly bulletin information to their SafeParish account. We anticipate this email and registration process will begin sometime shortly after July 1.
We ask that all our volunteers and employees check your VIRTUS accounts to ensure that the address, phone number, and email address are up to date. If you are behind in any monthly bulletins, please take this time to catch up before the end of June.
If you have questions, please contact Our Lady of Victory’s Safe Environment Coordinator, Natalie Brunsman, at 347-8824 or [email protected]
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati seeks to do all it can to protect our youth, and therefore requires all coaches, volunteers, teachers, or anyone who has contact with the children or vulnerable adults of Our Lady of Victory to:
- Register online at www.virtusonline.org and attend a VIRTUS Awareness Training Session.
- Complete a Selection.com Background Check.
- Complete monthly Bulletins provided through VIRTUS.
We cannot allow anyone who has not been through these processes to volunteer/work with our children.
VIRTUS Safe Environment Training
VIRTUS is the 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 control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church.
OLV VIRTUS Training Sessions
All Our Lady of Victory VIRTUS Training Sessions are held in the Convocation Center Meeting Room at 6:30pm, unless otherwise stated. Classes last 3 hours and children are not permitted to attend.
- No new classes have been scheduled at OLV.
*To attend a session here at Victory, you still must register through the Virtus website. Please attend the soonest class you can, regardless of whether it is at OLV or not, as it must be completed before you can volunteer or work at OLV.
- Register online at www.virtusonline.org (Click here for instructions)
- Complete online background check (Click here for instructions)
The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the USCCB in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse. You can read about it HERE.
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.