Protecting God’s Children
Archdiocesan Guidelines and School Requirements
There are numerous volunteer opportunities at our school. To assure the safety and protection of our children, we require that any volunteer working in the school or parish comply with guidelines established by the Archdiocese Office of Protection of Children and Youth. Every parish and school employee has completed these requirements. All volunteers are also required to comply with the following:
Online Background Screening eApps
Every volunteer working with children must agree to complete an online background check. To access the information, please visit www.archchicago.org, scroll to Protecting Children, choose Compliance for Clergy, Employees and Volunteers, and then to Criminal Background Screening. The access code is “protection”.
Safe Environment Training — Virtus Training
Virtus is a specialized training program designed to alert adults to the dangers and red flags of child sexual abuse. The workshop explains what to look for in a sexual predator and ways to protect children against sexual abuse. Every volunteer at the school and parish is required to complete a three hour training session which is offered at many sites throughout the archdiocese, including St. Raymond. After completing the training, you will receive electronic bulletins monthly to read and complete. To register for training, visit www.virtus.org. Please return your certificate to the school front office.
Code of Conduct
All volunteers who work with children must review and sign the Code of Conduct Acknowledgement Form. The form may be found at www.archchicago.org. Scroll down to Protecting Children and select Compliance for Clergy, Employees and Volunteers. Please return the signed form to the school office. The form may also be obtained at the school office.
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services’ (CANTS) Form
All volunteers who work in the school and parish must complete the Child Abuse and Neglect Tracking System form. For information about the State of Illinois child abuse and neglect system, visit www.archchicago.org. Scroll down to Protecting Children and select Compliance for Clergy, Employees and Volunteers. Please return the completed form to the school office. The original is sent to the Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services and a copy is retained by the school. The form may also be obtained at the school office. *TO BE COMPLETED ANNUALLY*
Mandated Reporter Training (required for all coaches)
Mandated Reporter Training (volunteer coaches only): This training provides adults with the knowledge of how to recognize and report child abuse and neglect. It is required for all parent volunteers interested in coaching a school sport or club. The direct link to the Mandated Reporter Training is: https://www.dcfstraining.org/manrep/index.jsp. Please print off a Mandated Reporter Training Certificate and forward it to Mrs. Cantieri in the school front office.
We appreciate your time to verify the completion of all these requirements. Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering at St. Raymond School. If you have any questions or need assistance working through the requirements, please call us at 847-253-8555 or email Mrs. Cantieri at Ann.Cantieri@St-Raymond.org.