Volunteer Information for Working with Children or Youth
Safe Environment Program
Scioto Catholic believes that our children are the most important gifts God has entrusted to us, and we are committed to the protection and safety of all children. In compliance with the Safe Environment Program of the Diocese of Columbus, all volunteers, 18 years of age and older, who have “care, custody or control,” or regular supervised or unsupervised access to children must complete the following procedures prior to volunteering:
1. Complete a Volunteer Application which includes the Code of Conduct.
2. Participate in a Protecting God’s Children (PGC) session. Registering must be done online at Virtus Online.
Click on the green first-time registrant button, on the left side of the page to either view a list of upcoming sessions or begin the registration process. When asked to select your organization, scroll to “Columbus OH” and then click “Select”. You can register for any session in the diocese.
3. Undergo a Civilian Criminal Background/Fingerprint check (BCI&I) or Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) check. Ohio residents for five years or longer are to obtain a BCI&I Report; those who have been Ohio residents for less than 5 years are to obtain an FBI Report. Both can be obtained at the following location:
Scioto County Sheriff's Office
1025 Sixteenth Street
Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Items needed for a background check:
Valid driver’s license or photo ID
Reason for fingerprinting: ORC 2151.86
Send results directly to:
Catholic Diocese of Columbus
Attn: Regina E. Quinn
197 E. Gay Street
Columbus, OH 43215
4. Volunteers are only required to have one – either the FBI or BCI check, based on Ohio residency (see above). Volunteers do NOT need both.
Need to report a case of child abuse?
To report child abuse in the parish or school, contact both the county child protective agency and the diocese. A confidential email can be sent to the diocese at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact:
The Reverend Monsignor Stephen J. Moloney
614-224-2251 OR 866-448-0217
LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW
TO PROTECT OUR CHILDREN
Register on www.virtus.org for resources, articles about helping keep children safe, programs, and more.
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