April 14, 2020
Protecting God's Children (Virtus) SAFE ENVIRONMENT TRAINING
All at the Diocese are working diligently to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. One way to support the social distancing efforts is to alter the training format for Protecting God’s Children workshop. Beginning immediately, training is available on-line. This will remain in effect through July 31, 2020. This is a temporary precaution. In July, we will re-evaluate the needs moving forward. All live sessions during this period are cancelled.
Instructions for access to the online training are as follows:
For those who pre-registered for a live session after March 11, 2020: DO NOT CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT. Go to www.virtusonline.org > log into your account > open the TOOLBOX tab > on the left side of screen click TRAINING > click to begin the training session. This training must be completed in one sitting. Failure to complete the training will require you to start over from the beginning.
For those who do not have a Virtus account: Go to www.virtusonline.org > click on FIRST TIME REGISTRANT > follow the on screen instructions. Click here for detailed instructions for those who need them. After completing the registration process return to your Virtus account home page > open the TOOLBOX tab > on the left side of screen click TRAINING > click to begin the training session. This training must be completed in one sitting. Failure to complete the training will require you to start over from the beginning.
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All ADULT persons, 18 years of age and older, who wish to be approved volunteers in any program of Maternity BVM parish that in any way includes or affects children and/or young people must:
Complete the necessary forms to undergo a background check.
- Attend the three hour workshop/seminar on "Protecting God's Children" as mandated by the Diocese of Joliet.
- Provide written acknowledgement that the person has read and understood the Pastoral Policy Regarding Sexual Abuse of Minors and the Standards of Behaviors of Those Working with Minors.
All persons WHO ARE MINORS who wish to be approved volunteers in any program of Maternity BVM parish that in any way includes or affects children and/or young people and are under the age of 18 are considered to be Volunteer Leaders and must comply with the parish "Regulations: Minors Who Are Volunteers". These regulations include but are not limited to having the diocesan form signed by their parents and having two letters of recommendation. Minors DO NOT have to attend the 3 hour seminar.
If you are volunteering in the following capacity, then you must complete this program. The following are examples of volunteer work...but not limited to:
School Lunchroom Volunteers
School field trip volunteers
Schoolclassroom party volunteers
school learning center volunteers
Religious education catechists/teachers aides
Youth Ministry Leaders
Youth Ministry Retreat volunteers
Kairos Adult and Youth Leaders
Camp MOSH or Mini MOSH leaders working with youth
For further information, please contact Teresa Culver at the Parish office at 815-933-8285 ext. 110
Reporting Sexual Abuse
Anyone with reason to believe that a child has been abused or is being abused should report their suspicions to civil authorities. Contact: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services at 1-800-25ABUSE (1-800-252-2873) or the local authorities.
The Diocese of Joliet Victim Assistance Coordinator is available to help victims/survivors of child sexual abuse by a cleric, employee or volunteer of the Catholic Church. The Victim Assistance Coordinator will report to Bishop Conlon and coordinate efforts of pastoral support and outreach to assist in the healing process. The Victim Assistance Coordinator can also assist in making a report to civil authorities. Contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator at 815-263-6467.