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Safeguarding God’s People Training
Diocesan Policy Meet Sam It Happened to Me Keeping your Church Safe Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of faith for Ministries Preventing Exploitation in Communities of Faith for Congregations Preventing Sexual Harassment for Workers Preventing Sexual Harassment for Managers and Supervisors Sexual Harassment Training for Supervisory Employees Preventing Sexual Harassment for Employees
Children’s Ministry
Children’s Ministry Coordinator x x x x x x x x
Sunday School Teacher x x x x x x x
Nursery worker, paid or volunteer x x x x x x x
Youth Group
Youth Ministry Coordinator x x x x x x x x
Youth group leader, paid or volunteer x x x x x x x x
Youth group musician, paid or volunteer x x x x x x x x
Preschool
Heads of schools x x x x x x x x
Preschool teachers x x x x x x x x
Preschool aides x x x x x x x
Other employees (admin, janitorial) x x x x x x x
Day Schools
Heads of schools x x x x x x x x
Teachers x x x x x x x x
Aides, paid or volunteer x x x x x x x x
Other employees (admin, janitorial) x x x x x x x x
Clergy
Active x x x x x x x x x x
Retired x x x x x x x x x x
Seminarians x x x x x x x x x x
Diocesan Office
Bishop x x x x x x x x x x
Executive Staff x x x x x x x x x x
Support Staff x x x x x x x x
Volunteers x x x x x x x x
Congregations
Executive staff x x x x x x x x
Support staff x x x x x x x x
Music director x x x x x x x x x x
Paid soloists x x x x x x x x
Ushers x x x x
Vestry members x x x x x x x x
Licensed Lay Leaders
Eucharistic Visitor x x x x x x x x
Small Group Leader x x x x x x x x
Catechist x x x x x x x x
Pastoral Leader x x x x x x x x
Lay preacher x x x x x x x x
Worship leader x x x x x x x x
School for Ministry
Teachers x x x x x x x x x x
Staff x x x x x x x x
Spiritual Directors x x x x x
Counselors x x x x x

To download a PDF of this table, click here.

We encourage all employee/volunteer categories to complete all modules of the Safeguarding God’s People online training. To see which positions fall into which category, click HERE to view complete list.

Safeguarding God's People Manual

Safeguarding God’s People teaches how exploitation and harassment occur, the awareness we need to prevent such occurrences, and – should exploitation or harassment occur – how to respond.

Who is required to take this training?

  • All Employees
  • Youth group directors
  • Sunday school directors
  • Lay Eucharistic Visitors and anyone going into someone’s home in any role related to the church
  • Worship leaders
  • All Volunteers

How often does this training need to be renewed?

Safeguarding God’s People training is required by the Episcopal Church every five years. In 2019 California initiated a form of sexual harassment training which will be required biannually effective December 31, 2020. Praesidium, who manages our Safeguarding God’s People curriculum, has developed a training tool that complies with the California state employment law to assist with compliance of this new requirement. While the California requirement is biannual, the church still requires the Safeguarding God’s People training be renewed every five years. We encourage all our churches to have their employees and volunteers complete the new sexual harassment training by December 31, 2019. Once you have completed the training you are asked to notify your congregation administrator who will then notify the Diocesan Registrar, Alyson Terry.

If you are unsure about your renewal date, please contact Registrar Alyson Terry, 619-481-5455. We are pleased to offer this important training online at no cost.

To Enroll

  1. Go to the enrollment website
  2. Enter the registration code: edsd619
  3. Select your classification, “Employee” or “Volunteer”.
  4. Fill out the form and click the link to enroll. Be sure to select the correct congregation or location in the organization drop down.
  5. Print the page or write down your user login and password for future reference.
  6. To begin taking training immediately, click the first link or follow the instructions to the right to login later.

To Begin Training

  1. Go to SafeguardingOnline.org
  2. Enter your user login and password.
  3. Click on the title of the course to begin.

Questions?

If you have trouble with registration or other general questions, contact Registrar Alyson Terry. If you experience technical difficulties, contact Praesidium technical support, 817-801-7773.

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