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.
 

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*

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Role CBC FP CANTS PGC-Virtus MRT ACC CC
Clergy: 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 Compliance Requirement Details
CBC

Online Criminal History Check

Please create an online Virtus account before completing other compliance requirements

  • Criminal history checks are created and run through Virtus by S2Verify for clergy, employees and volunteers. Rechecks are run every 3 years.
FP

The school to which you are applying will have the necessary form for you to take to Accurate Biometrics

  • School employees must submit to digital fingerprinting within three business days of hire. In addition, they must also complete the Virtus online registration and 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.)

 

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 15 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 (CANTS22A for clergy) in personnel file.
  • Catechists are required to take the training.
  • Training must be completed within 5 days of being hired.
  • Recertification every three (3) years for Mandated Reporters.
ACC

Archdiocesan Code of Conduct (English)
Archdiocesan Code of Conduct (Spanish)
Archdiocesan Code of Conduct (Polish)

  • Must be read and signed at time of hire.

 

Additional Training for Clergy only

Title Compliance Requirement Details
CC

Critical Conversations

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