All volunteers are required to attend a local Protecting God's Children for Adults workshop, prior to assisting at any approved school activities. Once training is completed, VIRTUS online accounts must be kept current at all times. The diocese conducts routine audits, and it is paramount that our school comply with this regulation.
What is VIRTUS?
"VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "right doing" within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church."
Here is more information on "Protecting God's Children" from Buffalo's Diocesan website.
What is a VIRTUS Program/Workshop?
Please visit the VIRTUS Description page for more information!
Volunteers attend a local seminar that presents on child abuse awareness topics, and then completes email bulletins each month, with regular, online re-certification. "...[T]raining requires an organization first to develop awareness through authoritative facilitator-led awareness sessions (preferably utilizing facilitators who are part of the organization). In-depth training is provided on a regular basis to reinforce the knowledge established in the initial facilitator-led training session and to introduce new points—particularly as the laws change. The best practice standard also requires frequent monitoring of the training to determine effectiveness. The VIRTUS programs meet and exceed the best practice standard."
All volunteers are required to complete this training! Please visit the VIRTUS website to pre-register for this important training if you will be volunteering in any capacity this school-year, and have not completed the training in the past. As long as you stay current on the monthly email bulletins/online recertifications, you need only to attend a workshop once. Workshops are available several times a week at other locations and currently scheduled workshops are listed here.
Volunteers must also complete the form below to certify that training has been attended and should remain on file in the school office.
Virtus - Code of Conduct Agreement