Volunteering with Children

Background Check & Training Requirements for Employees & Adults 
Who Volunteer or Work with Children

In accordance with Diocesan policy, all adult volunteers are required to fully comply with Diocesan child protection requirements. Full compliance requires that all adult volunteers who volunteer in school (on the playground, at school activities and events, and field trips), with CCF or Youth Ministry must complete and clear the following 3-part Volunteer Certification Process:

  1. Complete this OLGC online form so we are aware and can track your background process. 
    https://www.olgcva.org/outreach/serve/volunteer-children/form
  2. Complete the NEW online Office of Child Protection background check questionnaire.  https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/Child-Protection/ 
  3. Attend a one-time 4-hour VIRTUS training session (Protecting God's Children for Adults) at a Catholic parish in Northern Virginia.  Register online www.virtusonline.org and choose Arlington Diocese.
  • Click on First Time Registrant OR enter your login and password
  • Click on View a List of Sessions
  • Select Arlington, VA (Diocese)
  • Scroll down, select a session and follow the prompts.

Reminder:  If you arrive to the Virtus session late or leave the session early, you will not be given credit for attendance, and will have to attend another session. 

For more info, contact Christine Moan, OLGC Child Protection Liaison, 703.938.2828 ext 111

For policy definitions, visit the Diocesan Office for Child Protection and Safety website.

FAQs

HOW LONG DOES THE CLEARANCE TAKE?

Background checks can take from 4-12 weeks to clear depending on the time of year and number of checks submitted at once from all of the parishes and schools in the Diocese of Arlington. Summertime has the shortest processing time; fall and spring have the longest processing time.

WHAT IF I COMPLETED A CHECK THROUGH MY WORK?

If you have already completed a background check through your employer, you will still be required to complete a check for the Diocese of Arlington because such checks are confidential and cannot be shared between organizations. The diocese and your employer also look for different information.

WHEN DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR A VIRTUS TRAINING?

If possible, please wait until you receive your background check packet before signing up for a VIRTUS Training. Registration instructions are included in the background check packet, and following these specific instructions will reduce the risk of error which could lead to not receiving the proper credit for attending a training.

ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS

Visit the Diocesan website for additional information - https://www.arlingtondiocese.org/Child-Protection/Background-Checks/.