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.

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OFFICE FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN & YOUTH COMPLIANCE GUIDELINES AND TRAINING CHART

All clergy, employees, volunteers must have a Virtus account as part of Safe Environment Compliance

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Role CBC FP CANTS PGC & KPA-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, Scout leaders
   

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

     
Ministers to Vulnerable Adults (SPRED volunteers, Ministers of Care, hospital visitors, etc.)   (✓)*  

 

CBC: Criminal background check run through Virtus online as part of the Virtus registration process. Rechecked every three years through Virtus. (Policy 603.2)

FP: Fingerprints run through Accurate Biometrics for the Archdiocese of Chicago. School employees may not begin work until fingerprints have been submitted. Schools have the necessary forms. [IL School Code 105 ILCS 5/2-3.25o]

CANTS: Yearly check of the central registry of Department of Children and Family Services. *Required only once for employees who do not work with children. (Policy 603.5)
English CANTS Form | Spanish CANTS Form

PGC: Virtus’ Protecting God’s Children training session. Register and attend within 15 days of beginning work or volunteering. (Policy 603.3)

KPA: Virtus’ Keeping the Promise Alive 3-year recertification program done online through Virtus (Policy 603.7)

MRT: Mandated Reporter Training from State of IL training website. Recertified every 3 years. Catechists are required to take it. CANTS-22 (22A for clergy) forms are to be kept in file. (Policy 603.6 and 603.7)

ACC: Archdioceses Code of Conduct. Read and signed at time of hire and re-acknowledged yearly through Virtus (Policy 603.4)
Archdiocesan Code of Conduct (English)
Archdiocesan Code of Conduct (Spanish)
Archdiocesan Code of Conduct (Polish)

CC: Critical conversations, A Virtus program for clergy only. Recommended 5 years after ordination.

Student training: Every student in every grade in both schools and religious education programs are to be offered training on how to protect themselves from sexual abuse. (Policy 603.7)

- Those under the age of 18 are unable to meet compliance requirements; therefore, they may not be in a supervisor position or in charge of minors.

- All compliance records are to be kept within Virtus database. They are reported on the Annual Audit survey