Protecting God's Children/Virtus

Link for New & Current Volunteers or Employees: 5 year Renewal and Ongoing Training

VIRTUS: Protecting God's Children

VIRTUS is the brand name that identifies best practices programs designed to help prevent wrongdoing and promote "rightdoing" within religious organizations. The VIRTUS programs empower organizations and people to better control risk and improve the lives of all those who interact with the Church.


The Protecting God's Children program is the VIRTUS program for protecting children from child sexual abuse. The program consists of many components. The education component helps prevent child sexual abuse by first making every adult employee and volunteer aware of the issues surrounding child sexual abuse. This includes awareness of the many ways that sexual abuse harms its victims, their families, the parish, and the community. The awareness session also helps adults learn to recognize the warning signs of abuse and shows them the appropriate way to respond to suspicious behavior. Finally, the awareness session empowers each person with five steps to help prevent child sexual abuse. Content taken from VIRTUS website - - please visit www.virtus.org for more information.

Background Check 5 year renewal:

Background checks are completed initially and every five years for each employee and volunteer.

Safe environment program Classroom Component

Empowering God's Children is the safe environment program and curriculum used for all grades K-12 in the Diocese of Davenport. This curriculum is used in all Catholic schools and Faith Formation programs in the Diocese. The program and each included lesson are founded on the principles of appropriate relationship boundaries in the broader context of Christian values. All lessons are age appropriate and help children and young people develop the vocabulary and boundary distinctions necessary to empower them to recognize inappropriate behavior by others, while practicing appropriate relationship boundaries in their lives.