“SAFE KIDS” Child Protection Certification Program
All volunteers and employees in the Diocese of Arlington who have “significant contact with children” are required to complete the diocesan Child Protection Program, formerly known as “Virtus.” Anyone previously cleared through this program is still covered, even though the name has changed.
Significant contact with children: is defined as “having the opportunity to have inappropriate contact with a child in the course of an activity.” This can be as simple as having the chance to touch a child while walking past, all the way up to being alone with a child or children out of the sight of other adults. Therefore, ALL VOLUNTEERS who interact with children at any Parish or School sponsored activity such as Scouts or Religious Education, Youth Ministry, etc., must complete the Child Protection Certification Program.
This is a 2-part process, consisting of a 4-hour VIRTUS Seminar and completion of a packet of forms. Processing of the forms requires a minimum of 3 weeks, and the VIRTUS training seminar must be attended within 45 days of submission of the forms. Packets of forms, and instructions for registering for a Seminar, are available in the Parish Office. Registration for the VIRTUS Seminar is on-line at www.virtus.org. After setting up your account, select “Arlington Diocese” and “Live Training” to view and pre-register for an upcoming Seminar. You may attend the seminar at any location in the Diocese of Arlington. Both parts of the program must be completed to be fully compliant with the diocesan requirements.
Contact the Child Protection Liaison for St. Joseph Parish, Beth Covert: firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-880-4357, for more information or to receive a packet.