Safeguarding God’s Children

2017 ROLL-OUT:

**The Bishop is encouraging every church or cluster of churches in the Diocese to send at least two representatives to become official “Trainers” for Safeguarding God’s Children. The Diocese is making a significant financial investment in 2017 to kick-start an updated Safechurch program that will ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, and children for decades to come.  As part of this investment the Diocese is bringing in two Safeguarding experts to work with our committee and “Train Trainers” from across the Diocese (Saturday, May 6th 10am-5pm at Christ Church St. Michaels). Click here for details and to register.

In the meantime, please use the “online training” link below.

What, Why, & Important Links
Who Needs the Course
Initial Training Requirements
Background Checks
Online Training

What, Why, and Important Links

Almighty God, heavenly Father, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children: Give us calm strength and patient wisdom as we bring them up, that we may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer 829)

  • The Diocese of Easton takes the subject of safe church practices very seriously. The policies developed by the Church Pension Group clearly set out the expectations for child/youth ministry in this diocese. All clergy and laity involved with child/youth ministry are expected to comply with these guidelines. Click on the link below to download the polices developed by the Church Pension Group: 86FFB64C8B79DE07/showMeta/0/
  • Province III Youth Ministry Network created Social Media: Social Church, guidelines for safe and responsible use of social media in youth ministry. To read the guidelines, please click here.

Safeguarding God’s Children is a nationally recognized program for the prevention of child sexual abuse in the church and in the home. It was developed by Church Pension Group and Praesidium Religious Services. The Diocese of Easton offers training modules and online courses in this program to fulfill the Diocesan Policy requirements for the protection of children and youth from abuse. In addition to Safeguarding God’s Children we also offer modules for the protection of ALL of God’s children, for the prevention adults from abuse.

Safeguarding God’s Children is the program which all clergy, lay staff and volunteers who minister to and work with children and youth must take. All lay people, including church employees, licensed Eucharistic ministers and Eucharistic visitors, vestries, and lay people who come in contact with and work with children and youth must complete this training.

Safeguarding God’s Children provides participants with the information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and 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. If we can all change one life, together we will make a difference in this generation of children.

Who Needs the Course?
• All paid parish staff members who have not attended a child abuse and sexual misconduct prevention program in the last five years (certificate must be on file). Background checks are required.
• Any volunteers working with children and youth (including Christian education leaders) who have not attended a child abuse and sexual misconduct prevention program in the last five years (certificate must be on file).
• Anyone who wishes to learn more about how their parish can protect children and youth.

Initial Training Requirements:
You may complete the initial Safeguarding God’s Children training via our Online Portal – see below. This certification is valid for at least 1 year (may be extended after policy review). At the completion of the online course your name will be added to our database.

Background Checks
The Diocese offers background checks for any volunteers in our churches who work with children or youth. Simply email Joanne Fisher with a list of the volunteer name(s) and your will receive a reply with a link to our E-release. Results are usually returned to the Diocese within 24 hours of e-release submission. Church clergy or staff will then need to contact Joanne Fisher (Sept-Apr) or Patrick Collins (May-Aug) at the Diocese to receive a copy of the results.
More extensive background checks for staff, interns, or other specialized positions are also available at an additional cost. For more information on background checks please contact the office.

Online Training
Below you will find instructions for enrolling and logging in to training as well as helpful hints to ensure you retain the information presented in the courses. Please note that online training is valid for 1 year (see above for details). If you have any questions along the way, contact your Safeguarding Online Administrator or Praesidium technical support at or 817-801-7773.

To Enroll:
1. Go to
2. Enter the registration code: easton410
3. Fill out the form and click the link to enroll. Select the “Diocese of Easton” in the organization drop down.
4. Print the page or write down your user login and password for future reference.
5. To begin taking training immediately, click the first link or follow the below instructions to login later.

To Begin Training (To Login After Initial Enrollment):
1. Go to
2. Click the link at the bottom of the page
3. Enter your user login and password.
4. Click on the title of the course to begin. All courses are available to you.
5. The courses required for certification are: “Meet Sam”, “It Happened to Me”, and “Keeping Your Church Safe”.
6. The “Preventing Bullying” module is also recommended.