Safe Environment

"One of the greatest responsibilities adults ever face is the protection of children under their care. That is a duty that falls heavily upon those who minister in the name of the Church because children are entrusted to us in so many ways – in schools, in religious education, in Scouting, on field trips and in sports. Parents have a right to expect that their children are as safe as humanly possible in all of these situations." - Archbishop Schnurr

In seeking to live out the responsibility mentioned by Archbishop Schnurr, Immaculate Conception acts in accord with the Child Protection Decree issued by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. For details visit the Archdiocese's website.

All people who intend to work or volunteer in any of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati parishes, schools, or institutions, must also be in compliance with the Decree on Child Protection before you are approved to work with children. Below there is information on how to reach compliance.

If you have any question, please contact our Safe Environment Coordinator, Martha Lombard.

Important Links:

  1. Archdiocese of Cincinnati Decree on Child Protection

  2. Regarding Background Checks for volunteers.

  3. Registering for SafeParish

  4. Reporting Misconduct

Archdiocese of Cincinnati Safe Environment for Children and Youth Office

100 East Eighth Street

Cincinnati, OH 45202-2129

(513) 421-3131 ext. 2843

Important Child Protection Program Update

If you were previously VIRTUS trained and up to date on VIRTUS bulletins... should have already received and invitation from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati ( to create a SafeParish account. If you didn’t receive an email, check your spam folder, or you can create an account by doing the following:

1. Go to

2. Click register, found on the top right of the home page

3. Enter protectcincy when prompted for a passcode/organization code

4. Enter the requested information. IC is listed under "Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception - Dayton"

If information regarding your previous safe environment account can be located, it will be displayed. Click the role 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 role button, information regarding your training and background check dates will be transferred into your SafeParish account.

Agree to the Terms of Use and click SUBMIT.

If you have not previously completed an online background check... will be prompted to submit information for a background screening through

You will be required to acknowledge that you have downloaded and accepted the terms of the Decree.

If you have not previously completed child protection training... 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.)

When registering be sure to select "Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception - Dayton" in order to set IC as your location.

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 vulnerable adults.

If your VIRTUS account was inactive during the transition, you will need to register in SafeParish and take the initial training in SafeParish. The training is online and interactive. You should not need to do the background check again.

Questions? Contact Martha at 937-252-9919 or