Volunteering and Protecting our Youth

Per the Office of Child & Youth Protection and Victim Assistance, any volunteer that works with students in the classroom/school must be in compliance with the diocesan requirements. These are as follows and need renewal every 5 years

  • Selection.com/Fastrax Background Check - a social security number search completed through the VIRTUS platform. A $25 fee paid by credit card. There may be additional charges if you have lived outside of Ohio in the last 5 years.

  • Expectation Form – acknowledged electronically through the VIRTUS platform

  • Protecting Youth Course – Protecting God’s Children through the VIRTUS platform or attend a live workshop

If you are employed by the Diocese of Toledo in any of its entities (e.g. Parish, School or other institution) you are required to be compliant within the bounds of your employment. Please check with your entity’s Local Compliance Officer (Sheryl Huffman).

If you have previously completed a Protecting Youth course or a background check, you may already have an account in VIRTUS. If you think you may have an account, check with Jacqueline R. Maume, Safe Environment Compliance Coordinator, at the Pastoral Center before you set up an account.

If you do not have a VIRTUS account, you will need to set one up. Click on the appropriate link below

English: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/reg_2.cfm?theme=0&org=37396

Spanish: https://www.virtusonline.org/virtus/sp_reg_1.cfm?theme=0%20

These links will lead you through the process of acknowledging the Expectation Form, completing the background check and completing the protecting youth module, Protecting God’s Children. 

Click here to review the Diocese of Toledo Policy for the Protection of Minors and Young People

Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Each year, the Diocese of Toledo is required to undergo an audit to ensure that it is in compliance with the articles of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. This year’s audit examined the audit period of July 1, 2018 through September 30, 2021. Bishop Daniel Thomas is pleased to announce that the Diocese was found to be in full compliance with the requirements in the Charter following the audit.

The Diocese of Toledo remains committed to ensuring the protection of children and providing a safe environment for all young people. If you have any knowledge of abuse that has been committed by a cleric or by any personnel of the Catholic Church, you are urged to report the abuse to your local police department, Children Services, and to contact the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at (419) 214-4880; or to write to the Diocesan Victim Assistance Coordinator at 1933 Spielbusch Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43604.