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As of November 1st, 2017, the Archdiocese of Baltimore will join more than ninety dioceses using VIRTUS as a training and compliance management system.  The Archdiocesan policies updated in 2014 remain unchanged.  VIRTUS has worked with us to customize training tailored to our policies and to Maryland law.
Church personnel, including volunteers, who have not already registered in Shield the Vulnerable, will be required to register using VIRTUS.  VIRTUS will direct volunteers to review the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel and A Statement of Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth.  The Archdiocese of Baltimore will continue to work with Employment Screening Resources (ESR) to conduct online criminal history screening; as part of the registration process, VIRTUS will direct volunteers to the ESR website where they will be asked to submit to an online criminal history screening.  VIRTUS can be accessed at:  https://www.virtusonline.org/  This training is required for anyone 18 years or older working with minors.  There is a separate training for volunteers ages 14-18.
Thank you for your commitment to the policies that promote child protection in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  With your support we will continue to create and maintain safe environments where our children will thrive.
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