Child Protection Policy
ANYONE *(not previously approved) who coaches, volunteers or any person who regularly has contact in any capacity with the children of St. James needs to meet the following Archdiocese requirements and be approved before you can begin coaching, volunteering, etc. (*NOTE: Anyone who has already been approved and been previously certified on the "Decree on Child Protection" is grandfathered into the program, BUT will eventually need to attend a "VIRTUS" Session before June 30, 2014.)
Requirements are: 1) that you attend a "VIRTUS" Protecting God's Children Workshop and 2) that you have a background check through the new procedure which will begin January 1, 2014 with specific details to follow (see below).
Protecting Our Children
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati is changing the way it screens employees and volunteers beginning January 1, 2014. The process will be easier since the person can do it from home. Fingerprinting will no longer be part of the process. It has been found that this was not as fool-proof as thought.
Friday, November 15 will be the last day we will fingerprint here at St. James. Any fingerprinting done after that date probably won’t be entered into the archdiocesan system before January 1st, so those who need to be approved to work with children can wait until January 1 and do the new process at their convenience at home. It will bring quicker results.
Details will be published about the new process and how it affects those already approved. Right now, we just want everyone to be aware that we are stopping the fingerprinting and we will send out additional information when we get specific details from the Archdiocese.
Questions regarding the "VIRTUS" Class please call Deacon Gregg Rose at 741-5325.
The new "VIRTUS" class schedule with locations and pre-registration instructions can be found below:
VIRTUS Online Registration Instructions
VIRTUS Online PreRegistration Site
St. James the Greater - Protecting God's Children, VIRTUS Class Schedule
1. PreRegistration at the VIRTUS site listed above is required
2. St. James the Greater staff or parishioners ONLY
3. NO children due to content
4. NO late arrivals admitted
Schedule: Our next VIRTUS Workshop is March 27, 2014 at 6 pm in the Marian Room.