VIRTUS – Child and Youth Protection Training

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Virtus kid-group.pngTo assure quality pastoral care for our children, teens, and vulnerable adults, St. John requires all adult parish volunteers (anyone over 18) to comply with the most current child protection training that is

offered by the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Archdiocese of Baltimore utilizesthe VIRTUS system, along with over 90 other dioceses. Please note that all volunteers at St. John are considered “substantial contact volunteers”and must read the code of conduct and statement of policy, give permission for a criminal background check, provide the names of 3 references (two personal and one professional), and take the required online training prior to volunteering in any capacity. The training and background screen are repeated every 5 years. All steps to the training and certification must be complete before volunteer service can begin.

For information or questions about the training process please contact Jane Owens the Virtus Coordinator at virtus@stjohn-frederick.org. You can access the system at https://www.virtusonline.org

Click here for Step by Step Registration Instructions

 

All Youth Ages 14-18

All youth volunteers ages 14-18 must complete a Volunteer Application and read the Statement of Policy and Code of Conduct. Forms and policies can also be found outside the parish office. In addition, all youth volunteers need to take “Worthy of the Call”  training and provide 3 references. The training is held at both parish campuses at various times throughout the year and is age-appropriate for our youth. Contact Megan McQuin if you have questions – megan.mcquin@stjohn-frederick.org

 

Reporting Abuse

We comply with Maryland laws requiring reporting suspected child abuse to civil authorities. Under Maryland law, any person who has reason to believe a child has been subjected to abuse must report the suspected abuse to civil authorities (local law enforcement or the local Department of Social Services Child Protective Services), even if the potential victim is now over 18 years old and even in cases where the alleged perpetrator is deceased.  For more information about reporting suspected child abuse and neglect in Maryland, please visit the Maryland Department of Human Services website by clicking here or using the following link https://dhs.maryland.gov/child-protective-services/reporting-suspected-child-abuse-or-neglect/.

If someone associated with the Church, including clergy, employees, or volunteers of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is suspected of abuse, then the suspected abuse must also be reported to the Archdiocese’s Office of Child and Youth Protection at 410-547-5348 or the Victims Assistance Line at 1-866-417-7469.

For more information, visit:  https://www.archbalt.org/child-and-youth-protection/