Keep our children safe by attending a Virtus session!
If you simply wish to register, click here. If you want to learn more, read below!
The Protecting God’s Children program (Virtus) helps prevent child sexual abuse by first making every parent aware of the issues surrounding child sexual abuse. This includes awareness of the many ways that sexual abuse harms its victims, their families, the parish, and the community. The training session also helps adults learn to recognize the warning signs of abuse, and shows them the appropriate way to respond to suspicious behavior. In addition, the training session empowers each person with five steps to help prevent child sexual abuse. All volunteers who work with youth or vulnerable adults are required to complete the “Essential 3” which includes attending a VIRTUS session, completing a background check and signing a Code of Conduct with re-credentialing required every three years. You can register for a session and complete the Essential 3 on the VIRTUS website at www.virtus.org. Here are the instructions for new volunteers. Current volunteers can follow these instructions when re-credentialing on the VIRTUS website.
The Virtus sessions are approximately 2½ hours long and will be in the Presentation Room here at Our Lady of the Lake. It’s important to arrive on time and sign in so that your attendance at the session can be recorded.
For more information, contact Kathy.