Protecting God’s Children

The Diocese of Bridgeport Policy on Safe Environments

SUMMARY OF SAFE ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL CLERGY, LAY EMPLOYEES, VOLUNTEERS, PARENT VOLUNTEERS and INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS

This includes all Full-time, part-time, substitutes and per-diem roles and positions in our schools, parishes and programs

1. ATTEND VIRTUS PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN AWARENESS TRAINING ON CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION. THIS IS REQUIRED BEFORE WORKING OR VOLUNTEERING AND INCLUDES VENDORS, RENTERS & INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS (ages 18+)

a.    Register On-Line at  www.virtusonline.org. (See instructions here: Register Online at VirtusOnline.org) . If you do not have internet access, call Erin Neil to pre-register (203) 416-1406. Complete Virtus (approximately 3 hours) In- Classroom Training.

b.   If you lost your card please call (203) 416-1406. Re-certifications may be completed online.

2. BACKGROUND CHECKS (ages 18+)- The background check is completed at the time when a person registers online with VIRTUS or re-certifies online through VIRTUS. The parish or school is also able to assist a person with processing a background check if they are experiencing computer problems. Background checks must be completed before working or volunteering. We are happy to assist any of our vendors and Independent Contractors with setting up a criminal background check process if they do not already have one in place by contacting Erin Neil, (203) 416-1406.

3. READ AND SIGN THE EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF THE SAFE ENVIRONMENT HANDBOOK WHICH APPLIES TO YOU

www.bridgeportdiocese.com under Offices/ Safe Environment.

PRINT, SIGN and ATTACH TO PAPERWORK SHOWING YOU HAVE READ THESE POLICIES. – Return both signed policy receipts to your school or parish office before you begin volunteering.

If you completed VIRTUS in another diocese you must submit proof of your training to the Safe Environment office and you will need to have your record transferred to the Diocese of Bridgeport by calling VIRTUS at 1-888-847-8870. A background check and new policy receipts must be submitted to your new school or parish as these do not transfer from diocese to diocese. Further Questions: Contact your school or parish safe Environment coordinator or Erin Neil, Director of Safe Environments (203) 416-1406 eneil@diobpt.org.