New Child Protection Program:
All people who intend to work or volunteer in any of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati parishes, schools, or institutions, must attend a VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session for the Decree on Child Protection before you are approved to work with children.
Effective June 18, 2012, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has substantially changed the way it conducts training for its Decree on Child Protection. All training sessions on the Decree will now be known as VIRTUS® Child Awareness Sessions. Each Child Awareness Session will last 2 – 3 hours. No one under the age of 18 will be allowed in the sessions.
To register for the new VIRTUS training session (child protection course) please go to http://www.virtusonline.org
Select begin registration
Select your organization: Archdiocese of Cincinnati
Create User ID and Password, click continue
Provide all information requested, click continue
Select primary location where you volunteer, click continue
Select additional if necessary, such as the church you attend as a parishioner
Select your role (all that apply), click continue
Answer yes/no question
Click I have read and agree to child protection decree
Click no because you have not attended
Click on the training session you wish to attend.
A message should come up that you have completed registration.
All volunteers who have received VIRTUS training must complete monthly online bulletins in order to remain active volunteers. Individuals who fall behind by three or more bulletins will have their VIRTUS accounts deactivated and will need to retake the VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session. Instructions for the online bulletins are available below:
New volunteers, as well as current volunteers whose fingerprints are at least five years old, need to complete an online background check. Instructions for the online background check are available below:
Revised Decree on Child Protection
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has issued a revised Decree on Child Protection, effective as of July 1, 2013. Parents and volunteers who work with children, as well as teen helpers, should familiarize themselves with the decree. The decree can be accessed at: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/protect-children/2013_AoC_Decree_on_Child_Protection_w_cover_english.pdf.
A summary of the decree is available at: http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/protect-children/Decree_on_Child%20Protection_summary_brochure2013.pdf.