Protection of Youth & Children

Steps We Take

The Office of United Catholic Youth Ministries as well as its leadership takes the protection of our youth very seriously. Below are the steps we take to protect our youth. 


All adult volunteers and staff are compliant with the mandates of the Office for the Protection of Youth & Children of the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

Every adult volunteer and staff member at the time of the orientation does the following:

  • Signs a code of conduct and criminal background check. 
  • Registers for a Virtus training, if they have not already completed one. A certificate is sent to the Office of United Catholic Youth Ministries within 30 days of their orientation. 
  • Within 30 days of their orientation completes mandated reporter training. 


All adults volunteers and staff are identifiable by a name badge. 

Every adult volunteer and staff member for United Catholic Youth Ministries is required to wear a name badge that identifies them as a volunteer in whatever capacity they have discussed with the Regional Director of Youth Ministry. 


All adult volunteers and staff are continually educated. 

Every adult volunteer and staff member, to his or her best ability, keeps current with the monthly bulletins that are sent out through their Virtus account. Volunteer accounts are checked twice a year and volunteers are notified if they are nearing the mark where their account would be suspended. Volunteer accounts are suspended after 36 missed bulletins, which accumulates to 3 years of missed bulletins. At that time, until at least 24 bulletins are completed, they are not able to return to active ministry (UCYM regulation). 

Office for the Protection of Youth & Children

See the site for the Office of Protection of Youth & Children for more information, resources, and training. 


Local questions? Contact us at OFFICE@ucym.org 

OPYC Site