The Archdiocese of Seattle has had a long commitment to the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults. As a part of that commitment the Archdiocese established the Safe Environment Program which is aimed at eradicating the tragedy of abuse in our society.
A major part of the Safe Environment Program is training that is required for all church Personnel. Church Personnel includes church employees and all volunteers who work with children, youth or vulnerable adults. If you are involved in ministry to any of these groups, please read the training requirements outlined below. If you are unsure whether you need to complete any training, please contact your ministry leader.
* CHURCH PERSONNEL INCLUDES ALL CLERGY, ALL EMPLOYEES, AND ANY VOLUNTEER WHO WORKS WITH MINORS & VULNERABLE ADULTS AND YOUTH.
All new church personnel and volunteers are required to complete the Protecting God’s Children classroom training. It is the policy that this training must be completed before ministry to vulnerable persons begins. Training is normally scheduled at least four times per year at Sacred Heart, and also at other parishes throughout the Archdiocese. Volunteers may attend initial training at any location.
Please pre-register for the class of your choice at www.virtusonline.org. Click on “Registration” and simply follow the prompts.
After you attend an initial training course, you will be required to periodically complete an online refresher. Refresher training is normally required every three years. You will receive notification from the Archdiocese when your online training is due.