Protecting God's Children

Archdiocese of Chicago Office for the Protection of Children and Youth Website

The Archdiocese of Chicago Safe Environment Office requires that all clergy, employees, and volunteers who work with children must complete the following:

  • Attend VIRTUS / Protecting God's Children Training for Adults
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Read the Code of Conduct and sign the Personnel Acknowledgement Form
  • Complete the Child Abuse Neglect Tracking System form (CANTS) and submit it to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

    Protecting God's Children Training for Adults

    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.

    In order to attend a session, you must register by visiting the VIRTUS website at Click here for registration instructions.

    Background Check

    To apply for a background check, you will need to logon to the Archdiocese website at This is a two step process. You will need to first register, and then continue with the application. Click here for detailed instructions.

    Code of Conduct and CANTs Forms

    Click here for copies of the Code of Conduct and CANTs forms which can also be found on the Archdiocese website. Completed forms can be dropped off at the rectory.