VIRTUS Training for VolunteersMaximizing a church's role as a child-safe environment begins with making adults more aware of the ways children and adults interact with each other. The Protecting God's Children program educates and trains adults (clergy, religious, teachers, staff, parish volunteers and ministers, as well as our school parents) about the dangers of abuse, the warning signs of abuse, and responding to allegations of abuse.All VIRTUS training programs, including PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN and KEEPING THE PROMISE ALIVE, are comprehensive and multi-dimensional - incorporating proven best practice standards for the prevention of child sexual abuse by clergy, staff, volunteers, and others who interact with children within the church environment. The training programs incorporate instructor-led training, train-the-facilitator education, awareness videos, and ongoing web-based training through online training bulletins and training modules via the VIRTUS online system.CURRENTLY, IF YOU ARE AN ADULT OVER THE AGE OF 18 AND ARE INVOLVED AS A VOLUNTEER IN ANY PARISH/SCHOOL EVENT, OR ANY PARISH LITURGICAL MINISTRY, YOU MUST BE VIRTUS TRAINED. THIS REQUIREMENT ALSO APPLIES TO THOSE IN ANY SPIRITUAL/SERVICE/SOCIAL PARISH MINISTRY WHERE ADULTS ARE AROUND MINORS UNDER THE AGE OF 18, OR ARE MINISTERING TO VULNERABLE ADULTS. ALL VIRTUS TRAINING MUST BE COMPLETED PRIOR TO A PERSON PARTICIPATING IN THEIR PARISH MINISTRY OR SERVICE.***A SPECIAL NOTE FOR SCHOOL PARENTS: Mandatory for the school year: Any adult acting in a volunteer position in the Archdiocese and in St. Mel School or Parish must be trained in the Virtus/Protecting God's Children Training program. This was detailed in the Parent and Financial Agreement in the Registration packet. No St. Mel Parish preschool or elementary school parent will be able to volunteer at any school events or parties if he or she has not fulfilled this commitment.If you have any questions, please contact Rosemary McLarty via email, or call the Parish Center at 818-340-6020 ext. 1019To search for a class, visit www.virtusonline.org. Be sure to look for classes in both San Fernando AND Santa Barbara County. Both offer classes nearby.
**3 Hour Initial Certification Class - Protecting God's Children**
Monday, September 17, 2018
Parish Center, John Paul II Room
If you have never taken the intial Virtus Certification Class, or if it has been over 4 years since your last initial or re-certification class, then the three hour Protecting God's Children for Adults is the class for you.
**90 Minute Re-Certification Class-Keeping the Promise Alive**
Monday, October 8th
Parish Center, John Paul II Room
If you took a Virtus Certification class in 2014, then this 90 minute class Keeping the Promise Alive for Adults is the class for you.
*Please be sure to register at Virtusonline.org after you attend. This will enable you to receive short, monthly bulletins to keep your Virtus status current. You will need that in order to receive a Recertification Certificate via email. In the event you do not register, you will need to repeat the 3 HOUR class in 4 years as we will no longer offer the 90 minute Recertification Class.
If you have a question about whether or not you are due to take a class, please email Lisa Feliciano with your full name and phone number.
To register for this class, please email Jelica in the parish office with your name, phone number and parish/school.
For general questions regarding Virtus training, please email Rosemary McLarty.
Please be on time. We regret that we are unable to admit anyone to the class once the video begins.
**Due to the nature of the content shared during these classes, no children under the age of 18 are permitted to attend(this includes infants). Please arrange for childcare.**
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