SFC Volunteers Note: Diocese of San Jose Ministry of Protection Mission Statement and Training Requirements

The Office for the Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults (OPCVA) is committed to fostering healthy relationships within the Diocese of San Jose through awareness and interpersonal safety education for our children, as well as safety training and background screening for all adults who minister or provide services to our children and/or vulnerable adults, in our effort to help maintain a safe environment for all.
To report suspected child or elderly abuse in your parish, school or in the Diocese of San Jose, please follow the instructions on the Diocesan’s “Reporting Abuse” web page for guidance on how to file a formal report with authorities (https://www.dsj.org/ministries/protecting-gods-children/for-volunteers-ethical-reporters/). For all other concerns or inquires, please contact the Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults at 408-983-0113. Please feel free to contact us via email as well at protection@dsj.org
Please see below for important information on all the various training programs available from the Diocese. Upon completion of your certification, please submit a copy of your certificate to Sue Butler in the Parish Office. A pdf copy can be e-mailed to sbutler@sfcabrini.org

Safe Environment Training Requirements

 Employees & Adult Volunteers

The following training courses are required for adults who serve with youth and/or vulnerable adults. The VIRTUS® online training course Protecting God’s Children (PGC) is mandatory and must be renewed every three (3) years by both employees and volunteers (https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/). Volunteers and employees who serve in Homebound Ministries, or bringing the Eucharist to the sick, must take the PGC & Vulnerable Adults training course which also incorporates the Protecting God’s Children (PGC) training material:

 Safe Environment Training (English)

Youth Protection Course: Protecting God’s Children (PGC) (https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/)
VIRTUS Training Link: www.virtusonline.org
– First-Time User Registration: Registration Link: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/23188/reg_2.cfm?theme=0
Youth Protection Registration Instructions: https://www.dsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/VIRTUS-Online-registration-instructions_San-Jose_October-2017_PGC.pdf
– Homebound Ministry Registration Instructions: https://www.dsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VIRTUS-Online-registration-instructions_San-Jose_October-2017_PGC-and-Vulnerable-Adults.pdf

Teen Volunteers (Ages 14 – 18)

Youth between the ages of 14 up to their 18 birthday, must complete the VIRTUS® Healthy Relationships for Teens online training course for employment of volunteer service eligibility and must renew the training every 2 years to maintain eligibility up to 18 years of age. Once the teen reaches 18 years of age, they are required to take the adult training programs in order to continue their service. Teen Training Course: Healthy Relationships for Teens (https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/)
– First-Time User Registration: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_2.cfm?theme=0&org=23188
Healthy Relationships for Teens Registration Instructions: https://www.dsj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/VIRTUS-Online-registration-instructions_San-Jose_October-2017_Teen-Program.pdf