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VIRTUS named New Service Provider for Safe Environment Adult Training

September 15, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the Diocese of Honolulu will be upgrading to a new service provider for our adult Safe Environment training; effective January 1, 2018, we will utilize the VIRTUS programs, offered by the National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc.

Although we will need to access a new website (www.virtus.org) to complete the adult Safe Environment training requirement, the general process remains the same:

  • The VIRTUS website registration process is very similar to our current registration through the Shield the Vulnerable website.
  • Our background screening process through Employment Screening Resources, Inc. (ESR) will remain in place; VIRTUS will maintain the same setup that we currently have with ESR (via Shield the Vulnerable) using a secure system interface.
  • Users’ status in meeting the Diocesan 5-year rescreening/retraining requirement will not be affected; the Diocese will retain the historical information currently maintained on the Shield the Vulnerable website and status reports will be provided to all locations prior to the January 1, 2018 transition to VIRTUS.

One of the added benefits in moving to the VIRTUS programs is that in addition to offering an online version of the adult Safe Environment training module (as we currently have with Shield the Vulnerable), the same training can also be offered via facilitated in-person sessions.

An important development for everyone to be aware of is that our agreement for use of the Shield the Vulnerable website will terminate on November 30, 2017. During the month of December 2017, the Diocese of Honolulu will have no access to Safe Environment background screenings or trainings as we prepare for the cutover to VIRTUS on January 1, 2018. All parishes, schools, and diocesan organizations need to plan accordingly for this “blackout period.”

If you have questions or would like additional information regarding our planned transition to the VIRTUS platforms, please contact our Diocesan Safe Environment Director, Kristin Leandro, at kleandro@rcchawaii.org or (808) 203-6719.

Many thanks to all who continue to support our efforts to protect our most vulnerable and restore the faithful’s trust in the Church. We look forward to bringing you periodic updates as we move ahead with this exciting endeavor.