Protecting God's Children - Virtus
In response to the deep commitment of the Archdiocese of Chicago to create a safe environment for children and youth, the educational program entitled Protecting God’s Children was created. The Archdiocese of Chicago mandated this program for all of their schools and parishes. This policy is designed to ensure appropriate responses to allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy, religious, employees and volunteers. It addresses preventing sexual abuse through education and screening, reporting abuse and providing pastoral assistance to persons affected by abuse.
The Virtus education program, Protecting God’s Children, is the primary means of educating clergy, employees and volunteers. It includes information about child sexual abuse, its identifying signs, controlling access to children, appropriate boundaries in relationships, reporting sexual abuse and the effects of abuse on its victims.
Prior to beginning service, as either an employee of the Archdiocese of Chicago or a volunteer in any capacity within the school, proof of attendance at a Virtus Protecting God’s Children program is required. In addition, a background check must be completed, a Department of Children and Family Services reporting form must be signed and the Pastoral Acknowledgment must be read and signed. If these steps have NOT been completed, anyone wishing to be employed or to volunteer at St. Barbara School will be denied. Please call the school office for additional information at 312-326-6243.
Click HERE to view upcoming Virtus training sessions.
If you attended Virtus training, please send a COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE to school with your child. (Parents who attended in previous years do not have to resubmit their certificate.)