All volunteers, along with parish and school staff who volunteer or work with children or youth of the Archdiocese are required to take the class ahead of volunteering or working within the parish. The training is currently being conducted online at virtus.org At the time you register for the training you will be asked to complete a background check and sign digitally three Archdiocesan specific documents as well as watch the training video. When you register, please do so from a laptop or PC but not from a smartphone or tablet. You will need to complete this all at one time as there is no starting, stopping, and then trying to start again. Once completed, if you will be volunteering/working around children on a weekly basis you will receive monthly Virtus bulletins to the email address you registered with. It is mandatory that these highly informative bulletins are completed monthly (completion takes maybe 5 minutes). It is also mandatory that you complete any additional training modules that the Archdiocese may assign to you.
Sacred Heart’s Virtus coordinator is Maureen Reintjes. If you have questions or if you change roles or change frequency of involvement with children, please contact Maureen at 913.422.5700, ext. 250 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is Virtus?
Protecting God's Children® for Adults is training conducted by VIRTUS® certified facilitators on the prevention of child sexual abuse. The training makes participants aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse. Two videos are the centerpiece of the training: A Time to Protect God's Children™ and A Plan to Protect God's Children™. The facilitators incorporate policies and procedures into the training defining child sexual abuse, addressing the reporting of child sexual abuse, the screening and selection of employees and volunteers, and victim advocacy.”