child protection

VIRTUS - Protecting God's Children

The Diocese, the parish and the school are committed to providing a safe environment to all children entrusted to their care. The primary support that the PTO provides to the school is volunteer power, some of which involves direct contract with the children. A critical prerequisite for such volunteer work is compliance with the Child Protection and Safety Program instituted by the Diocese of Arlington. Compliance involves application procedures, including background checks. Forms and information about the application procedures can be found at the Diocese Link below.   Questions should be directed to Ms. Margaret Krupp on the parish staff, at mkrupp@stbernpar.org

 

Compliance also requires completing - within 45 days of the start of volunteer work -- a PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN training program (otherwise known as the "VIRTUS" program). More information is available on-line at http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/childprotection/index.php

 

Office of Child Protection & Safety

The Office of Child Protection and Safety for the Diocese of Arlington provides programs to ensure a safe environment for children within the community of the Church.

 

Children are the most precious resource of the family and the Church. The greatest care must always be taken when the safety of children is involved. The Diocese of Arlington is committed to providing a safe environment to all children entrusted to our care and assisting each child to grow in grace and wisdom.

 

OPCYP Programs

The Office of Child Protection & Safety provides several programs including:

-         A comprehensive training program for employees, volunteers, parents and children

-         Application procedures for persons working with children, including background checks

-         Monitoring of child and youth activities to ensure that all contact with young people is appropriate

-         Outreach and support for victims of child abuse and their families