VIRTUS Training

A FEW FACTS ABOUT THE OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROGRAM

The Safe Environment Training Program used by the Diocese of Charleston is VIRTUS.

  1. Our diocesan-wide program is in place to protect people from potential abuse.
  2. It has two components: one for adults, one for children.
  3. All employees & volunteers who work with children and/or minister to the homebound, sick, and otherwise vulnerable must attend the required VIRTUS training program before engaging in regular ministry and activities. Background checks are required: criminal record, DSS, driving and/or credit histories if applicable.
  4. Children attend a “Touching Safety” class at the beginning of each school year unless opted out by a parent. Attendance is reported to the Diocese.
  5. Documents for both programs must be maintained and ready for inspection by the Office of Child Protective Services.
  6. Our parish’s Safe Environment Coordinator is Ashley Price.
  7. Our parish’s Virtus Facilitator is Peter Murphy.
  8. The telephone number to the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator is 1-800-921-8122.

Training sessions are made available in your area by trained facilitators who volunteer their time for the Diocese of Charleston. To register for a session near you, please follow the directions below:

  1. Go to www.virtus.org
  2. Click on the “Registration” tab on the left column
  3. Select the Diocese of Charleston, SC from the drop-down menu
  4. Complete your registration information and check the box next to the training session you wish to attend
  5. Click “Submit Registration” You will get a message on-screen confirming your registration
  6. Attend the session you have chosen. Be sure to sign the sign-in sheet at this session. This confirms your attendance and will be verified by The Office of Child Protection Services before approving your status through VIRTUS

** Please note, you may attend any available  session you choose; you do not have to attend a session held at the same parish/school where you are employed or volunteer.