In 2021, the archdiocese of Cincinnati transitioned from VIRTUS to Safe Parish. Safe Parish sessions are required by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati for those who are volunteers in the parish with activities where children are present. Safe Parish includes quarterly online bulletins that all volunteers must stay updated on. It is necessary that volunteers and employees stay up-to-date on quarterly bulletins, in order to minister to children.
Our parish's Safe Parish coordinators are Jeffrey Kremer and Chris Stier. Please contact them for any other questions on how to register with Safe Parish.
New registrants will need to complete a background check through Selection.com. (See instructions below). This includes a small fee for the background check. Our parish has codes to waiver this free - please contact Jeffrey or Chris if you would like a code.
Please follow these instructions to register with Safe Parish.
SAFE ENVIRONMENT USER REGISTRATION
Go to www.AoCSafeEnvironment.org.
Click “Register” on the top right of the home page
Enter the passcode protectcincy when prompted.
Select the location from the drop down where you are employed or volunteer.
Click the role(s) associated with your employment/service at the parish, school, or
Archdiocesan institution. Select a sub-role from the drop down to describe your
employment/service at this location.
If you are active at only this location, this will be your primary location.
If you are active at more than one location, click the ADD PARISH/LOCATION button and
repeat the steps above. With more than one location, please click the “This is my
main/primary location” radio button to indicate where you are employed or, if you are a
volunteer, where most of your ministry or service is performed.
Complete your personal information. Please enter your legal name for the purposes
of the background screening. There are no credit checks and no soft hits to credit.
Create a username, password and password clue.
If information regarding your previous safe environment account can be located, it will be
displayed. Click the radio button for the correct choice or choose none of the above if none of the
information pertains to you. If your information was found and you clicked the appropriate radio
button information regarding your training and background check dates will be transferred into
your SafeParish account.
If you have not previously completed an online background check you will be prompted to submit
information for a background screening through SELECTION.com.
You will be required to acknowledge that you have downloaded and accepted the terms of the
If you have not previously completed child protection training you will be prompted to view
SafeParish: Protecting Children From Sexual Abuse – Archdiocese of Cincinnati. (If you have
completed a background check through VIRTUS, no new background check will be required also if
you have attended VIRTUS training, no new training will be required)
If you have completed the required background checks and child protect training, you will be
prompted to click the link to Continue to the Home Page. Your registration is complete.
If you need to complete background check requirements or training, you may use the links in your
approval checklist to access these requirements. These steps may be completed all at once or may
be completed separately at your convenience. You will receive an automated email weekly to
remind you which requirements are outstanding. When all compliance requirements have been
completed, your account will be approved, and you will be clear to work/volunteer with youth and
Should you need any assistance, please contact your local Safe Environment coordinator.