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Safeguarding

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

2017 ROLL-OUT Quick Links:

Policy Manual (effective September 1st, 2017)

List of Those Certified in Safeguarding God’s Children in the Diocese of Easton after August 1, 2017 under the new policies. If you were previously certified please enroll in an upcoming training so that you can become familiar with our new policies. Thank you for helping us get everyone on the same page and keep our churches safe.

Find a Training near you – includes information on how to register for each event.

Schedule a Training – contact one of the certified trainers in your area (click here for the list) to schedule a training at your church/organization. Be sure to check the training list above to see if there is already a training near you. All training dates are open to the public.

Background Checks:

Link to the Online Form for Volunteers
Link to the Online Form for Paid Staff

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.

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.

Who Needs the Course?

  • All clergy whether stipendiary, non-stipendiary, canonically resident in this Diocese, or licensed in this Diocese, who are engaged in ministry or service to the church.
  • All paid personnel, full or part time, whether employed in areas of ministry or other kinds of services by the Diocese, its congregations, schools or other agencies, whether or not they work directly with children.
  • Those who contract their services to the Diocese, its congregations, schools or other agencies and who work with or around children or youth.
  • Adult Volunteers serving in staff positions whether full time or part time, regardless of whether they work with children or youth.
  • Adult volunteers in activities for children and youth, including any person who enters into or offers himself or herself for a church, school, or Diocesan agency related service, or who actually assists with or performs a service.
  • All Vestry and other volunteers whose work routinely takes them throughout the facility or grounds where children or youth are present.
  • Children or youth who assist in ministries or programs for children or youth such as camp, vacation Bible school, child care, retreats.
  • Any person whose living quarters are on the grounds of the church, school or other related agency.
  • Examples include, but are not limited to:
        • Children’s or youth choir director
        • Sunday School teachers and staff
        • Vacation Bible School teachers and staff
        • Lay Youth Ministers
        • Directors of Religious (Christian) Education
        • Church Personnel who work or assist in the nursery
        • Teachers, substitute teachers, and staff in parochial schools, full or part time, contract or volunteer
        • Adults who participate in overnight activities with children or youth
        • Adults who work with Acolytes.

Certification Requirements Personnel shall be certified in Safeguarding when they have completed each of the screening and training steps below. It is the responsibility of the church/school/organization to ensure that these have been completed and that a tracking method has been established. The Diocese maintains a digital record of those who have completed training (#6) and offers background checks (#4) via an online form.

  1. Be known to the clergy and congregation for at least 6 months OR be a parent volunteer OR employee.
  2. Individual interview.
  3. Standard application for either volunteer or paid positions.
  4. Nationwide sex offender and criminal history background check in any state where the applicant has resided in the past ten (10) years.
  5. Reference checks with persons who know the applicant.
  6. Safeguarding God’s Children training along with signature on attendance roster which contains the acknowledgement and code of conduct.

Please read the policy manual for additional information for camps and schools and/or exceptions.

Certification Deadlines, Recertification, and Transfers of Location

  1. Safeguarding certification must be completed within 30 days of hire or start date. In the interim, anyone not certified must be supervised at all times by a fully certified adult.
  2. Certification must be renewed in person every three years. A new background check must be run and Safeguarding God’s Children training must be retaken.
  3. Lay Church Personnel who transfer within the Diocese of Easton should contact the Diocesan office to update their certification to their new location. Clergy who transfer from another Episcopal Diocese must contact the Diocesan office to arrange for Safeguarding God’s Children training.
  4. Persons becoming certified in Safeguarding God’s Children for the first time and individuals new to the Diocese of Easton must take in-person training.  Online Safeguarding training is accepted for recertification only and is good for an additional year.  It must be requested and arranged through the Diocesan office.

Diocesan training shall be the program Safeguarding God’s Children; in-person training shall be administered by a Diocesan-certified trainer using the Diocesan Safeguarding Record System.  No other training program is accepted and there are no exceptions. Background Checks The Diocese offers background checks for any volunteers in our churches who work with children or youth.

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. Cleared names will be sent via email to the rector/director/head of organization. For more information on background checks please contact the office.

Online Training Online Safeguarding training is accepted for recertification only and is good for an additional year. Online recertification may be requested and arranged through the Diocesan office beginning in May of 2020.