VIRTUS – Safe Environments Program

In compliance with the Diocese of Bridgeport and to ensure the safety of our children, all Assumption clergy, employees, contractor, and volunteers age 18 and above are required to be VIRTUS trained by the Diocese. They are also required to go through a background check. If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions, please contact the parish office, 203 227-5161.

2015 Safe Environment Handbook

The handbook includes the policies related to our Diocese’s Safe Environments program. The Executive Summary which applies to your employee, contractor or volunteer assignment must be signed and provided to the Virtus Coordinator.

Virtus Training

An online pre-registration is required prior to working or volunteering at Assumption. Please go to virtusonline.org to pre-register for a one-time live Virtus class. If you need to update your certification, please go to www.virtusonline.org to to complete an online training session. An electronic acknowledgement of the Safe Environment Handbook is included in the new registration process.

Please see this list for upcoming classes throughout the Diocese. Select Bridgeport, CT (Diocese) as your organization.

Criminal Background Checks

The Mind Your Business, Inc. (MYB) criminal background check is included in the new registration process.

If you need help completing the pre-registration or registration process, do not own a computer, or do not have access to the Internet, please call the Assumption Virtus Coordinator. You may also contact the Diocesan Safe Environment database manager, Astrid Alvarez, at 203-416-1407 aalvarez@diobpt.org or you may contact the VIRTUS helpdesk at 1-888-847-8870 for assistance.

Continuing Education

All diocesan clergy, lay personnel and volunteers who work with minors are required to participate in annual awareness programs concerning Safe Environment issues. Online opportunities are available to meet the requirements for ongoing education on protecting children in subject areas of technology safety, mandated reporting and additional subject areas that expand on the VIRTUS program.

For questions related to the Diocese of Bridgeport Safe Environment program or to report suspected abuse of a minor involving a person from the Church, please contact Erin Neil, LCSW Director of Safe Environment and Victim Assistance Coordinator (203) 650-3265 or email eneil@diobpt.org or Michael Tintrup LCSW (203) 241-0987.

Contacting Investigation Judge

As a part of Retired Superior Court Judge Holzberg’s investigation into clergy sexual abuse of minors and the Diocesan response to that abuse, a hotline has been established for those who wish to communicate with the Judge and his team.

ONLINE: www.lighthouse-services.com/diobpt
TOLL-FREE TELEPHONE:
English speaking USA and Canada:
833-990-0004
Spanish speaking USA and Canada:
800-216-1288
E-MAIL: reports@lighthouse-services.com (mustinclude company name with report)
When contacting the hotline, an individual may ormay not choose to identify him or herself.

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