Training Requirements: All clergy, all church personnel and volunteers who regularly or occasionally work with or around children or youth, all church personnel who are responsible for screening, selecting or supervising of others in programs for children or youth, all Bishops Committee and Vestry members and all parents who volunteer in Nursery School or Sunday School classes must complete Safeguarding God's Children and Safeguarding God's People training with a Diocesan certified trainer. A refresher course (online or in-person) must be taken every three years.
Safeguarding God's Children: Preventing Child Sexual Abuse provides participants with the information they need to protect the children they know and care for in the ministries in which they serve. The program is based on the philosophy that if every adult can protect just one child, they will forever change one life.
Safeguarding God's People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith provides training for clergy, members, employees, volunteers, and church leaders about sexual exploitation between clergy or church leaders and those they serve. The goal of this program is to prevent sexual exploitation in the Episcopal Church, to encourage adults to report to church leaders when they see signs of sexual exploitation, and to give Episcopalians a language with which to talk about the issue of sexual exploitation.
Scroll down to review the schedule of upcoming in-person Safeguarding trainings.
To sign up for the online course, whether it is to take the training for the first time or to renew your training please email Vanessa Butler.