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Strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.– Our Baptismal Covenant

PANDEMIC REVISIONS Overview & Quick Links:

There are TWO options for completing the training portion of your safeguarding requirements.  Either the in-person method that existed prior to the Pandemic or the online method that was introduced during the quarantine.

In-Person Training Option:

Online Training Option: CHANGED PLATFORMS! The new platform is reflected in the links below.

Background Checks*:

Links for Church Administrators:

 *For volunteers, a fee of $12/background check will be billed to the Parish/Organization. More extensive background checks for staff, interns, or other specialized positions are also available for $39 (billed to the Parish/Organization). Results are usually returned to the Diocese within 24 hours of e-release submission via a secure website. Should any results return as flagged a call will be made to the respective rector/director/head of organization. All names, regardless of flagged status, will be posted to the list of names. For more information on background checks please contact the office.

**The Diocese has run an online background check on this list of names (since 2016). List does not include reports and may include people whose reports were flagged. The office will notify the rector or head of the organization (via confidential phone call) to notify them of any reports returned with a red flag. Rectors or the head of an organization may also contact the office to confirm the status of a report.

 

MORE ABOUT:  Praesidium Online Training Courses

To Register and take Praesidium Online Courses you will need to do the following:  

First Time Registering:

  1. Go to www.praesidiumacademy.com/redeem
  2. Fill in your contact information including First Name, Last Name, Email Address, and desired Password.
  3. Enter the registration code: reg-episdioeaston-410-diocese
  4. Click Validate to confirm registration code.
  5. Click the checkbox to agree to the Terms & Conditions.
  6. Click Redeem.
  7. Write down your user login and password for future reference.
  8. Answer the Registration Questions about your status and role within the organization.
  9. Click Save & Continue.
  10. To begin taking training immediately, scroll down and click a course to start the content.

If you’ve already registered:

  1. Go to www.praesidiumacademy.com/learn 
  2. Enter the same login information as you used on the previous online training platform or when you registered for Praesidium Academy.

The Courses you will need to take are as follows (click here for course descriptions):

  • Newcomers must take (at minimum): 
  1. Abuse Prevention Refresher
  2. Keeping Your Church Safe
  3. Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith – for Ministries
  4. Duty To Report Mandated Reporter
  5. Social Media Safety.  
  • Renewals must take (at minimum):
    1. Abuse Prevention Refresher
    2. Social Media Safety

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

 

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)

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.