In an ongoing effort to protect children and to provide safe environments for them, the Catholic Church mandates training, as well background checks, and provides further education and resources for all adults working with children.  All adults involved in any activity with children must meet the Diocesan Safe Environment criteria. This includes a background check, a signed Code of Conduct, and attendance at the child abuse awareness workshop, Protecting God’s Children (PGC).

You may register for any PGC session in our Diocese, by registering on the Virtus website www.virtus.org.  Choose "First Time Registrant" and then "View a List of Sessions".  From the drop down list, select "Columbus, OH (Diocese)."  You will see various sessions of PGC to choose.  Once you have selected a date that works for you, click on "Start Registration" at the top of the page to register for that class session.  There is no cost for participants, but you must preregister.

If you need the background check completed, a nearby location is Fast FingerPrints at 1486 Bethel Road.  Although they accept walk-ins, you can also access their website at www.fastfingerprints.com to schedule an appointment.  Once you click on the "Schedule Your Appointment", select the Columbus location and choose a date and time that works for you.  Please have the results sent to the Diocese of Columbus to the attention of Regina Quinn.  Typically, you will only need the BCI check completed unless you have lived out of the State of Ohio in the past 5 years.  If this is the case, you will need both the BCI & FBI check completed.  The background check for only BCI is $40, payable at the time your fingerprints are taken.

The Code of Conduct may be downloaded by clicking here.