SAFE Church

SAFE Church

SAFE Church

Safe Church Training: The Safeguarding program is designed to help people recognize, report, and, perhaps most importantly, prevent abuse and neglect of our children and youth. As of January 1, 2018, the primary means of Safe Church training is offered online. This policy no longer requires people to take face to face training for original certification or for renewals.

We currently offer two different programs that have been developed by the Church Pension Group:

  • Safeguarding God’s Children
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation

These programs are primarily available through Online Training. Face-to-face training within the diocese will occur on a very limited basis, with the upcoming dates listed in the Face-to-Face Training registration link below.

Safe Church Policies:

These policies were updated in January 2018 in accordance with new guidelines from The Episcopal Church.

Safeguarding God's Children: Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth

Policies for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Church Workers and Volunteers

Policies for the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation

Key changes from previous policies include:

Who should take the training and why?

In striving to live out our Baptismal Covenant we are called to respect the dignity of every human being. As the people of God in the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon we are committed to the safety of all God’s people. This recommendation outlines who is required to attend which of the training sessions.

Safeguarding God's Children

  • All members of the clergy whether stipendiary or non-stipendiary
  • All interns and persons in the ordination process
  • All paid employees
  • All wardens and vestry/BAC members
  • All volunteers (age 16 and over) who work with children and youth. Volunteers age 12-14 are welcome to take the training with a parent either online or face-to-face. We do not recommend this training for children under 12.

Read the Diocese of Oregon Safeguarding God's Children: Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth

Safeguarding God's People

  • All members of the clergy whether stipendiary or non-stipendiary
  • All interns and persons in the ordination process
  • All paid employees and unpaid staff members
  • All unpaid lay leadership (wardens, vestry/BAC members, members of other boards)
  • All others who volunteer themselves for church-related service
  • The following ministers licensed under Canon III.4: Pastoral Leaders, Worship Leaders, Preachers, Eucharistic visitors, and Catechists
  • Other persons who have pastoral relationships (Stephen ministers, spiritual directors, counselors, peer mentors, life coaches, etc.)

How do I register for SAFE Church?

Click here to enroll for online training.

FAQs for Online Training

How much time does it take?

The total online training takes about 3-4 hours to complete. The training is made up of several sessions that take 30-45 minutes each. The training can be completed in one sitting or taken over several days. We ask that all courses are completed within 30 days of registering.

What is the cost?

Online training is free.

What about certification?

To receive full certification for Safeguarding God’s Children, participants must complete the following online courses:
1. Meet Sam
2. It Happened to Me
3. Duty to Report
4. Policies
5. Social Media Safety
6. Keeping Your Church Safe (or depending on your ministry setting – Keeping Your School Safe or Keeping Your Camp Safe)

To receive full certification for Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment and Sexual Exploitation, participants must complete the following online courses:
1. Preventing Sexual Exploitation – Congregations
2. Preventing Sexual Exploitation – Ministries
3. Preventing Sexual Harassment of Church Workers – Supervisors
4. Preventing Sexual Harassment of Church Workers - Workers

A certificate of completion will be emailed to you and to your congregation when all required courses are completed. Copies of all certificates will be kept at the diocesan office.

How often do we need to renew?

All Safeguarding trainings must be renewed every five (5) years.

Click here to register for Face-to-Face Training

In 2018 we will offer a limited number of face to face training sessions. If none of the currently scheduled trainings work for you, please use the online training option.

The next face-to-face training will be Saturday, June 30, 2018 at St. Aidan's, Portland.

FAQs for Face-to-Face Training

How much time does it take?

Each training session requires a morning or afternoon of class attendance. Both sessions can be scheduled on a Saturday morning and afternoon, or one session on a Sunday afternoon, or during the week. We try to offer training in a variety of locations.

What is the cost?

The cost is $10 per person per training. Registration fees may be paid online during the registration process or a check can be mailed to the Diocese of Oregon. We regret we no longer have the staff capacity to bill churches for payment.

What about food?

The host church will provide simple snacks at the beginning of the training and during the break. If you are scheduled for two trainings on the same day, you should bring your own sack lunch as there will not be time to go out between the trainings.

What about child care?

Please check directly with the host church to see if they are able to provide child care.

What about certification?

All participants will be required to sign in at the beginning of each session and sign out at the end. Participants who complete all four hours will receive a certificate. A copy of their certificate will be sent to their local church. Copies of all certificates will be kept at the diocesan office.

How often do we need to renew?

All Safeguarding trainings must be renewed every five (5) years.