|The Protection of Children and Young People – VIRTUS|
Children and young people have a right to be protected from harm in any and in all environments–home, school, religious institutions, and communities.
The Diocese of Rockville Centre is dedicated to promoting and ensuring the protection of all children.
The Diocese of Rockville Centre will do all in its power to create a safe environment for children and young people, to prevent their physical abuse, sexual abuse and neglect and to bring the healing ministry of the diocese to all who are in pain.
The Diocesan Child Protection Policy continues to emphasize concern for children and compliance with all provisions contained in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and The Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priest or Deacons approved by the U.S. Catholic bishops in November 2002.
To minister to the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the abused child and family as well as the affected Catholic community
To report all incidents of child abuse to civil and diocesan authorities
To strengthen all screening procedures with the goal of preventing child abuse by diocesan personnel and volunteers
To minister to the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the individual who is accused of abuse” –Diocesan Child Protection Policy pg. 1
Criminal Background Checks
Safe Environment Training
Programs for Children and Young People
Basic safety skills
Recognition of abusive and dangerous situations
Appropriate and inappropriate physical contact and other interpersonal boundary violations
Ability to say “No” to unwanted situations
Ability to identify trusting adults with whom to speak
Importance of disclosure if inappropriate or unwanted actions are directed toward self or others
Recognition that abusive situations are never the fault of the child
Volunteer Code of Conduct for Service in the Parish Community of Notre Dame
Treat everyone with respect, loyalty, patience, integrity, courtesy, dignity, and consideration
Avoid situations where I am alone with children and/or youth at parish activities
Use positive reinforcement rather than criticism or comparison when working with children and/or youth
Refuse to accept expensive gifts from children and/or youth or their parents without prior written approval from the pastor
Refrain from giving expensive gifts to children and/or youth without prior written approval from the parents or guardian and the pastor
Report suspected abuse to the pastor, or appropriate supervisor and the local child Protection services agency or other civil authorities
Cooperate fully in any investigation of abuse of children and/or youth
Smoke or use tobacco products in the presence of children and/or youth
Use, possess, or be under the influence of alcohol at any time while volunteering
Use, possess, or be under the influence of illegal drugs at any time
Pose any health risk to children and/or youth (i.e., no fevers or other contagious situations)
Strike, spank, shake, or slap children and/or youth
Humiliate, ridicule, threaten, or degrade children and/or youth
Touch a child and/or youth in a sexual or other inappropriate manner
Use any discipline that frightens or humiliates children and/or youth
Use profanity in the presence of children and/or youth
I understand that as a volunteer working with children and/or youth, I am subject to a thorough background check including criminal history. I understand that any action inconsistent with this Code of Conduct or failure to take any action as outlined in this Code of Conduct may result in my being asked to no longer volunteer in my parish, Notre Dame Church.”
Notre Dame VIRTUS Training Session Schedule
For on-Line VIRTUS registration instructions click here. Please note: All must register On Line for VIRTUS. Due to the nature of the material presented at VIRTUS Training sessions, no children will be admitted.
To attend VIRTUS training, you must register online by clicking the yellow Registration link at www.virtusonline.org. You will be prompted to complete the registration form after you have chosen a User ID and Password. Select organization->Rockville Centre,NY (Diocese).
If you don’t have Internet access or need assistance please contact the rectory 516-352-7203 and ask for a VIRTUS coordinator
If you’ve taken VIRTUS training at another parish, please notify the rectory of the date and location