Child Protection Decree and Fingerprinting
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The Archdiocesan Decree on Child Protection requires that all employees and volunteers who have regular contact with children attend a VIRTUS® Child Awareness Session and complete a favorable criminal background check before working or volunteering with children. Session participants must register with VIRTUS ONLINE, http://www.virtusonline.org ,before attending a Child Awareness Session. After attending a training session participants must log onto the VIRTUS website and read monthly articles. There are several parishes that offer the Child Awareness Sessions. The schedule may be found on the VIRTUS website.
As part of the Decree,employees and volunteers must also submit to a criminal background check. Volunteers are required to complete the background check online with Selection.com from within their VIRTUS account. Only teachers, clerics, staff,and those who have lived outside of Ohio will need to be fingerprinted. Individuals who are presently approved to volunteer with children but have not been fingerprinted in the last five years will need to go to their VIRTUS account and access Selection.com by clicking on the toolbox tab. This will allow those volunteers to complete a background check and update their records. Active volunteers who have had a background check through Selection.com will not need to resubmit to a background check every five years.
The cost of the background checks are$25. This fee may be paid in one of two ways. The parish will have Fastrax Tokens which will be prepaid by the parish. Each token will have a corresponding number much like a “coupon code.” A volunteer may call the Religious Education Office at 357-2646 or may email Jeanne Rieskamp at email@example.com, and receive a Fastrax Token number to use for payment when completing the background check online. Religious Education office hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Mon.-Thurs. Volunteers have the option of paying for the background check online through personal credit/debit card. The parish will be happy to reimburse those who choose this method of payment.
For more information, go to http://www.catholiccincinnati.org/ministries-offices/safe-environment-for-children-and-youth/ Go to Protecting Our Children and see Selection/ Virtus FAQ’s or contact Jeanne Rieskamp at 347-2646 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or 347-2646.
For a full description of the Archdiocesan Decree on Child Protection, please click here