Compliance Resources

Compliance Resources

OPCY is here to assist parishes and schools in their efforts to fulfill the child protection policies of the Archdiocese of Chicago as well as those of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.


Compliance Guidelines and Training Chart
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OFFICE FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN & YOUTH COMPLIANCE GUIDELINES AND TRAINING CHART
*Because they cannot meet compliance requirements, no one under the age of 18 may be in a supervisory role or responsible for other minors*

Role CBC FP CANTS PGC-Virtus MRT ACC CC
Priests, Deacons & Seminarians  
All Employees of Pastoral Center, Parishes & Agencies   (✓)    
School Employees [Certified & Non-certified]  
DREs/CREs, Catechists, SPRED Volunteers,
Youth Ministers, Coaches, Scouts
   

School Volunteers, and All Parish
Volunteers Who Minister to Children and/or Youth

     

 

Background Checks

What How Details
CBC (CLERGY & EMP.)

Clergy and Employee Online Criminal History
Check Please create an online eApps application before completing other compliance requirements.

  • Employee criminal history checks are created and run through eApps. Clergy checks are through eApps.
FP Fingerprinting Application Form 
Accurate Biometrics
  • School employees must submit to digital fingerprinting within three business days of hire, after completing the eApps online criminal background check.
  • Fingerprinting must be done through Accurate Biometrics for the Archdiocese of Chicago. Fingerprinting done for any other purposes cannot be accepted.
CANTS

English CANTS Form

Spanish CANTS Form

  • Must be completed and submitted at the time of hire, and then annually. (For employees who do not work with children, CANTS form is required only at time of hire.)
CBC (VOL.) Volunteer Online Criminal History Check Please create an online Virtus account before completing other compliance requirements
  • Volunteer criminal history checks are created and run through Virtus.

 

Training

Title Descriptor Fine Print and Action Items
PGC-VIRTUS

VIRTUS/Protecting God’s Children for Adults

  • Participants must pre-register at www.Virtusonline.org.
  • Training must be completed within 60 days of being hired.
MRT Mandated Reporter Training
  • Participants must register for training at https://mr.dcfstraining.org.
  • All school employees and clergy are Mandated Reporters by State law, and must have a signed CANTS-22 (CANTS-22A for clergy) in personnel file. 
  • Training must be completed within 60 days of being hired. Recertification every five years for school personnel.
ACC

Code of Conduct: 
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  • Must be read and signed at time of hire.

 

Additional Training for Clergy only

Title Descriptor Fine Print and Action Items
CC

Critical Conversations

  • CC is for priests and deacons in ministry or administration.

 

Community Resources
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ALL EMPLOYEES WHO ARE ON AN ARCHDIOCESAN PAYROLL MUST HAVE COMPLIANCE REGARDLESS OF WHETHER OR NOT THE EMPLOYEE WORKS WITH CHILDREN OR YOUTH OR THE NUMBER OF HOURS WORKED OR THE POSITION HELD