Child Protection

The Office of Child Protection works to ensure that all children and youth in programs throughout the diocese have a safe environment full of caring and responsible adults to watch over them.  The Office of Child Protection performs background checks and safe environment training for adults and youth in accordance with the requirements of the USCCB Charter on the Protection of Children.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Who must undergo a background check?

 

According to the Diocese of Arlington's Policy on the Protection of Children/Young People and the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct and/or Child Abuse, all employees of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington--all direct employees of any parish, diocesan school or diocesan office--regardless of contact with children must complete a background check.  Additionally, any volunteer with ministry with substantial contact with children must complete a background check.  However, background checks alone are not sufficient for compliance with the policy.

Additional information about the background check process of the Diocese of Arlington can be found on our Background Checks page.

Which adults must attend training?

According to the Diocese of Arlington's Policy on the Protection of Children/Young People and the Prevention of Sexual Misconduct and/or Child Abuse, all employees of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington--all direct employees of any parish, diocesan school or diocesan office--regardless of contact with children must attend safe environment training.  Additionally, any volunteer with ministry with "substantial contact" with children must attend safe environment training.  However, training attendance alone is not sufficient for compliance with the policy.

Additional information about adult safe environment training in the Diocese of Arlington can be found on our VIRTUS: Protecting God's Children for Adults Training page.

When do I need to fill out paperwork or attend training?

If you are required to comply with the Policy, background check paperwork must be submitted to the Office of Child Protection prior to the start of employment or volunteer ministry.  The required training must be completed within 45 days of the start of your service.