PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN – SAFE ENVIRONMENT

It is the policy of the Dioceses of Joliet to have all employees and volunteers (over the age of 17) who “are involved with minors on a regular, recurring basis, and those who may have an opportunity to be alone with children during parish, school or religious education sponsored events,” complete and fulfilled specific requirements, and a record of such information be maintained.  St. Raphael Parish & School requires our volunteers working with our children and vulnerable adults to attend Virtus®Online Protecting God’s Children training session, as well as undergo a criminal background check prior to providing volunteer services.

In February 2020, the Diocese of Joliet implemented changes as to how Safe Environment records are acquired and maintained. The Virtus®Online website will now record and maintain all Safe Environment records. These changes eliminate the need to obtain hardcopy written consent, relevant data entry, and the duplication of Safe Environment records.  As a result of this change, our volunteers working with children and vulnerable adults are required to have a Virtus account, and, allow St Raphael access to their Virtus account for processing and tracking Safe Environment records.

REGISTRATION FOR PGC TRAINING

In April 2020, the Diocese of Joliet’s Office of Child & Youth Protection announced temporary Online training for Protecting God’s Children (PGC) through July 31, 2020.  Please note that PGC Online Training has been extended to October 31, 2020.  Sometime in September, this will be re-evaluated and explore the return to live trainings, until then there will be no PGC live trainings.  Instructions for access to the ONLINE TRAINING follow, however, please note:

  • St Raphael will need to be selected either as a “Primary” or “Additional” location.
  • Online Training sessions must be completed in one sitting. Failure to do so will require you to start over.

For those pre-registered for a live training session after March 11, 2020, DO NOT CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT.

  • Go to virtusonline.org and log into your account
  • Open the TOOLBOX tab 
  • Click TRAINING (found on the left side of screen)
  • Click the title of your assigned training to begin the training session.

For First Time Registrants creating Virtus account:

  • Go to virtusonline.org and Click on FIRST TIME REGISTRANT
  • Click on “Begin the registration process”
  • When asked to select your organization, click on Joliet, IL (Diocese), then “Select”
  • Continue to follow prompts to complete the registration process.
  • Once registration process is completed, return to your Virtus account home page and open the TOOLBOX tab
  • Click the title of your assigned training to begin the training session.

For assistance contact the Virtus Helpdesk at virtusonline.org or the Diocese of Joliet’s Safe Environment office at SafeEnvironment@dioceseofjoliet.org

FORMS

Minors Volunteer Application Form (for volunteers under the age of 18)

All other required Safe Environment is attained and maintained in Virtus®Online website at virtusonline.org.

Please contact the Parish’s PGC Coordinator at pgc@st-raphael.com for questions regarding the St Raphael Protecting God’s Children Program.

ABUSE RESOURCES AND CONTACT NUMBERS

IL DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES     800-252-2873

DIOCESE OF JOLIET VICTIMS ASSISTANCE MINISTER    815-263-6467