Child and Youth Protection Policy
In addition, adult volunteers who have substantial contact with children, need to complete training, have a background screen performed, and provide 3 references. The training and background check must be repeated every 5 years. The reference form used can be found outside the parish office and will be available on our website in the near future.
Ministers considered to have substantial contact with children include all adults in the following ministries: Altar Servers, Greeters, Mass Coordinators, Children’s Liturgy of the Word, Faith Formation, VBS, Choir, Holy Grounds and Outreach. Due to the nature of the ministry, Money Counters are included in this category.
If you are an adult serving in a ministry at St. Joseph’s, please ensure that you have completed all of the requirements that pertain to you by logging in to www.virtus.org. If you do not have an account, please create a new one and select the appropriate category, volunteer with or without substantial contact. If you already have an account and are having difficulties logging in, please contact Liz in the parish office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, all youth volunteers who have substantial contact with children, need to take “Worthy of the Call” training and provide 3 references. The training is held here at the parish and is age-appropriate for our youth. Reference forms can be found at the link below and outside the parish office.
All employees and clergy are required to complete all of the requirements for volunteers with substantial contact as well as have fingerprints checked and complete a yearly refresher training course.