The Archdiocese of Chicago Safe Environment Office requires that all clergy, employees, and volunteers who work with children must complete the following:
VIRTUS (Latin for virtue) is a mandated program (three to four hours of instruction) regarding child sexual abuse that, per Diocesan policy, all parish, school and diocesan personnel and volunteers, who have regular contact with minors, are to attend. The Archdiocese mandates that all volunteers, chaperones, coaches, scout leaders, and anyone else who works with children must attend a VIRTUS training session. In fact, any parent (including one who may never volunteer at school or school-related functions) can benefit from the program and should, therefore, attend.
The program is an introduction to child sexual abuse and child sexual abusers. It provides some statistics on child abusers, including how child abusers meet and interact with potential victims. It provides safety suggestions, warning signs and procedures to follow when questionable practices are noticed. It provides information that may help you protect your child and will help you to be a better volunteer and work with other children in a safe, positive atmosphere.
To apply for a background check, you will need to logon to the Archdiocese website at www.archchicago.org. This is a two step process. You will need to first register, and then continue with the application. Click here for detailed instructions.