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Child Protection Advocacy

The Child Protection Advocacy and Opportunity team is committed to helping parishioners prevent and cope with the problems and trauma brought about by abuse. We promote opportunities for abuse prevention education, awareness activities, and compassionate outreach and advocacy for those harmed by abuse.

Contact: Kathy Weyer, 513-774-0115

Archdiocese of Cincinnati Decree on Child Protection

The Archdiocese of Cincinnati Decree on Child Protection requires all employees and all adult volunteers (those over 18) who work with children to register with SafeParish, stay current on quarterly bulletins and have a background check.
SafeParish Registration and Training
All volunteers must register with SafeParish.   To register go to and enter the passcode protectcincy when prompted. If you had an active Virtus account register with the same credentials and your data from Virtus will be transferred over.  If you did not have an active Virtus account you will need to do the online background check, acknowledge the decree and do the online interactive training session.
SafeParish Quarterly Bulletins
Part of the SafeParish program is the ongoing education component via online quarterly bulletins.  The bulletins are meant to deepen the awareness formed at the initial training session. A user has 30 days to complete the quarterly bulletin, after the 30 days, if not completed the account will become noncompliant and the user will not be cleared to volunteer.

Background Check Procedure Effective January 1, 2014
The Archdiocese of Cincinnati background check system changed January 1, 2014., a national, Catholic faith-based background check company located in the Cincinnati area, provides all background checks for the Archdiocese. The background check is done online and is accessed via your SafeParish account. The cost of the background check is $25 and must be paid with a credit card.  IHM parishioners can submit the receipt for reimbursement of the $25 to the parish office.
Any questions regarding the Child Protection Decree, SafeParish or Background Checks contact Joan Cardone at [email protected] or 513-388-4084.