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.

Protecting Gods Children®

Child sexual abuse is a worldwide public health issue. Child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse, is reprehensible—especially when the wrongdoer is affiliated with the Church. The VIRTUS® programs assist the Church in being a safe haven for children and a messenger for preventing child sexual abuse within the Church and society in general.

We seek to achieve this lofty goal through our child sexual abuse prevention program:

  • Protecting God's Children®.

The Protecting God's Children™

Program for Adults:

  • The training makes participants aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps one can take to prevent child sexual abuse.

Safeguard The Children:

Two videos are the centerpiece of the training:

  • A Time to Protect God’s Children and A Plan to Protect God’s Children.
  • The training is customized incorporating your archdiocese’s, diocese’s, religious institute's, or other organization's policies and procedures.
  • Training includes onsite instruction from a certified trainer, 12 online training bulletins per year, and an annual re-certification training course via the VIRTUS Online™ system.