VIRTUS Child Protection
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has instituted a new procedure regarding fingerprinting and background checks of volunteers and employees. As of January 1, 2014, SELECTION.COM, a long established Cincinnati company, is responsible for manual background checks for all volunteers, teachers and employees.
Only teachers, employees and high school coaches have to be fingerprinted every five years. That procedure will take place at the SELECTION.COM home office in Cincinnati (155 Tricounty Parkway Cincinnati, OH 45246).
With this new procedure, volunteers must have a manual background check every five years, but they will no longer have to be fingerprinted. Having a manual re-check every five years is a new procedure from the State of Ohio for volunteers and is also now a requirement of the Archdiocese. This new procedure will ask you to use your own computer to supply vital information. You will be directed to go to a completely secure website, www.selection.com.
The parish will be notified when your background check is complete. Fulfilling this commitment and attending a VIRTUS workshop will be necessary for volunteers.
For more information please go to www.catholiccincinnati.org and click on “Protecting Our Children.
Questions or concerns can be directed to the coordinator: Heidi Acuña
Protecting God’s Children
In 2011 an audit of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati was held and from this audit it was determined that the Child Protection video needed to be updated. The United States Council of Catholic Bishops has strongly encouraged all of the Archdioceses to adopt the VIRTUS program. VIRTUS was created by the National Catholic Risk Retention Group under the direction of Monsignor Kevin McCoy. Monsignor McCoy asked the following question of prominent experts in many disciplines: ‘Can child sexual abuse be prevented?’ The VIRTUS program was created from these discussions.
VIRTUS is a word derived from Latin, and means valor, moral strength, excellence and worth. It denotes a way of life and manner of behavior that always aspires to the highest, most positive attributes of people and aspects of human interaction. The VIRTUS program requires all participants to develop awareness through facilitator led sessions.
Register online at www.virtusonline.org
- Click “Registration”, on the left side of the page
- Click “Begin the Registration Process”
- Select “Cincinnati” from the pull-down menu.
- Create a user ID and password.
- Provide the information requested on the following page. Click “Continue” to proceed.
- Choose “St. Albert the Great” as the place that you work, volunteer, or worship.
- After you have provided all of the required information you will receive a confirmation message on your screen and an e-mail confirmation.
- If you do not choose to register for a class at the time of registration, log-in using your user name and password at a later date.
Questions? Contact Heidi Acuna, VIRTUS coordinator at 937-298-2402 or the VIRTUS help desk at 1-888-847-8870.
ALL teachers, cafeteria workers, coaches, volunteers, staff members, Mass Coordinators, Scout Leaders and Maintenance crew MUST attend one of these classes. This includes everyone who has previously taken the child protection class.
Reporting Abuse: If you or someone you know has been abused at any time by an agent of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati (priest, deacon, teacher, coach, employee or volunteer), the Archdiocese urges you to report the abuse to Father Joe Binzer, Chancellor of the Archdiocese, at 513-421-3131 as well as to the victim’s secular legal authorities, your local police department.
*Compliance means that the individual has completed a background check by being fingerprinted and has attended a Child Protection class. If you are an employee of St. Albert the Great or volunteer with our children and your name is not on the list, please contact Joan Bayer as soon as possible. If you feel that you have met the requirements and your name is not on the list please contact Heidi Acuna.