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Bronwyn Clark Skov 2022

Holy Creator, we offer our gratitude for the opportunity to live in community, where we can take comfort in others and be nurtured when needy, fed when hungry, and protected when threatened. Guide us as we strive to protect those in our midst who are most vulnerable and innocent, respecting the dignity of all humans, so we can more fully and appropriately love our neighbors and ourselves. Help us to be examples in the world in the likeness of your son Jesus, who spoke truth to power, gave hope to the hopeless, and loved selflessly. We humbly ask for all of this through the gift of your Holy Spirit. Amen.


In 2021, the Episcopal Church introduced Safe Church, Safe Communities as an enhanced and expanded update to Safeguarding God’s Children. The new program not only incorporates additional topics surrounding safeguarding children but also includes safe practices for vulnerable adults. In addition, new modules are available that provide theological background and information to assist organizations with the implementation of the new Safe Church program. 


Safe Church Safe Communities training modules are offered online through Praesidium Academy. With Praesidium, Learners are able to take classes online at their leisure and pull their transcript to help track their progress. Parish and Diocesan Administrators have various helpful reporting tools through Praesidium to assist in monitoring and documenting compliance with training requirements for the Learners within their respective parishes. 



The National Episcopal Church has provided model policies for the new Safe Church, Safe Communities program that dioceses can use as a base in structuring their own individual policies. The Diocese of Easton’s Safeguarding Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth dated September 1, 2017 was integrated into the new model policies provided by the national church. The Diocesan Safe Church Safe Communities policies are now available. The Policy for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults is adopted as is from the National Church is also linked here.



Safe Church, Safe Communities replaces the former Safeguarding God’s Children program. The online platform on which the program is offered and administered has also changed from Armatus to Praesidium Academy. In order to accurately migrate Learners and Administrators into the new program, each parish will need to begin by assigning a designated individual as their Safe Church Administrator. By assigning an Administrator, each parish will be able to effectively set-up Learners and monitor compliance with the established policies. The Administrator will also help ensure that each Learner within a parish is comfortable with the new platform and the different requirements based on their role, involvement and activity. 

Assigning a Safe Church Administrator: Each  parish/organization’s Rector (or equivalent) must select and approve a Safe Church Administrator. Familiarity with the former program, Safeguarding God’s Children, will be beneficial in transitioning to the new Safe Church program. A Parish Safe Church Administrator will be expected, at minimum, to:

  • Maintain current certification of Safe Church Safe Communities policies; meaning, the Administrator remains current on all required training; 
  • Be able to identify and onboard all individuals within the respective parish/organization who are required to be certified under the Safe Church Safe Communities policies;
  • Maintain accurate designations for each Learner based on their current activities within the parish/organization – for example, if a Sunday School teacher is elected to the vestry, that individual’s screening and training requirements will need to be updated accordingly in Praesidium; 
  • Monitor and document compliance with Safe Church policies.

The Diocesan Safe Church Administrator, Joanne Fisher, will provide the newly assigned parish/organization’s Safe Church Administrators with appropriate training for their roles. Please know that with the use of Praesidium Academy, monitoring and documenting Learners’ progress is easily accessible. 

The assigned Safe Church Administrator should contact Joanne Fisher to:

  1. Obtain their parish/organization’s unique registration code;
  2. Be designated as an “Administrator” in Praesidium;
  3. Get a quick “tutorial” on onboarding and managing Learners.


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