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.

Click here to read Diocesan policies on sexual misconduct.

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.

If you have completed the in-person trainings and would like to sign up for the online course please scroll to the bottom of the page to complete the online sign up form.

Upcoming trainings

Safeguarding God's Children & People

Saturday, June 2 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 109 S. Barry St., Olean, NY

Training will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 4:00 PM. 

To register, click here. If you have questions, contact Liz Brauza-Hughes (

Online Sign up form

Safeguarding God's Children and Safeguarding God's People training must be taken every three years.  If you have already completed the in-person training, then you may take the refresher courses online.  To do so, please complete and submit the form below.  You will receive an email within a couple of days with links to the courses, your password, and your id. Be sure to complete all the courses and to take the test at the end of each course in order to be recorded as complete.  Once you have completed all the courses, a certificate will be mailed to your home church.