Upcoming VIRTUS Training Sessions
|Where:||Saint Pius X
7800 Halprin Drive, Norfolk
|When:||Thursday, Aug 22, 2019
|Where:||Saint Stephen Martyr
1544 Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake
|When:||Saturday, Aug 24, 2019
|Where:||Star of the Sea Catholic School
309 15th Street, Va Beach
|When:||Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019
|Where:||Prince Of Peace
621 Cedar Road, Chesapeake
|When:||Sunday, Sept 15, 2019
VIRTUS – Protecting God’s Children
As a community of faith, we believe that our children and youth are the most important gifts God has entrusted to us and that the prevention of child abuse begins with each person. Christ the King Parish, in coordination with the Catholic Diocese of Richmond is committed to the safety and protection of all children. This commitment follows the fundamental mission of the Church to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, to give authentic witness to the moral teachings of the Scriptures and the tradition of the Church.
We affirm and strengthen the sense of our sacred dignity through the experiences of daily living. We discover, develop and live out our divine purpose in the personal events and relationships that make up our daily life. The Diocese, through its Office of Human Resources, has established a Safe Environment Educational Program which details ways by which Church entities may create and maintain a safe environment for children. The program selected is “VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children,” an awareness program developed by the National Catholic Risk Retention Group.
The Office of Human Resources, through certified facilitators, provides training in the Diocesan Safe Environment Educational Program to all clergy, parish/school employees, school volunteers, and all parish volunteers who regularly work with or are regularly involved with minors through the “VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children” Awareness session, with monthly continuing education online.
All lay and religious employees and volunteers must be screened at the time they are hired or at the time they begin their service. All policies will be followed by volunteers and staff and checks will be made by each department head to ensure that they are carried out. Through this awareness program with continuing education online and following these policies, we optimize child safe environments and empower our staff and volunteers with tools to help them protect all our children.