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Acknowledgement of Receipt (Acknowledges that you have read the policy concerning sexual misconduct) See link below.

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Policy Concerning Allegation of Sexual Misconduct or Abuse of a Minor

As a Catholic school recognized by the diocese of Charleston, we require that all adults who interact with our children, whether as paid staff and faculty or as volunteers be screened and trained trough the diocesan VIRTUS program. For more information on training sessions, please call the school office at 803-773-0210.

What are the VIRTUS programs?

VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent worngdoing and promote "rightdoing" within religious organizations.  The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church.

Who created the VIRTUS programs?

The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc. (National Catholic) created the programs. Monsignor Kevin McCoy, past board chairman of the National Catholic, asked whether child sexual abuse could be prevented and, and if so, how? In March of 1998, National Catholic invited prominent national experts-experts in many disciplines-to discuss these questions at a forum in Washington, D.C. From those discussions, the initiative for the VIRTUS programs was created. The National Catholic Board of Directors selected an Ad Hoc Committee to oversee development of the programs. The Ad Hoc Committee was assisted by a steering committee of nationally known experts and program and service providers.

Why did National Catholic select VIRTUS as the brand name for the programs?

The word virtus derives from Latin, and means valor, moral strength, excellence, and worth. In ancient times, virtus denoted a way of life and manner of behavior that always aspired to the highest, most positive attributes of people and aspects of human interaction.

VIRTUS Programs and Services

Awareness and Training for Protecting Children-Available Now

The PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN" Program for Adults: trains adults on how to protect all children. The training makes participants aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps one can take to prevent child sexual abuse. Two videos are the centerpiece of the training: A Time to Protect God's Children and A Plan to Protect God's Children. The training is customized incorporating your archdiocese's, diocese's, religious institute's, or other organization's policies and procedures. Training includes onsite instruction from a certified trainer, 12 online training bulletins per year, and an annual re-certification training course via the VIRTUS Online" system.

The PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN Program for Facilitators (train-the-trainer program): trains a select group of employees and/or volunteers to train others using the PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN Program for Adults. Trainees are required to complete 12 VIRTUS for Facilitators training bulletins per year in addition to the 24 PROTECTING GOD'S CHILDREN for Adults training bulletins via the VIRTUS Online system.