Note: at this time, all Safeguarding God’s People and Safeguarding God’s Children trainings are available online only due to Covid-19 precautions.

The Diocese of Olympia takes its responsibility for the safety of our people seriously. The Safe Church program teaches how to identify and prevent abuse within the church community, and is conducted several times per year, free of charge. The training consists of two sessions: Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People.

Safeguarding God’s Children and People is required for all canonically resident and licensed clergy.

Safeguarding God’s Children is required for non-clergy who have a key to the church facility, vestry and bishop committee members, church staff, and anyone who works with children in any capacity. Safeguarding God’s People is required for non-clergy who have a key to the church facility, vestry and bishop committee members, church staff, and eucharistic visitors.

The renewal training for Safeguarding God’s Children and for Safeguarding God’s People MAY be taken online if the original training was done after 2009.

If this is a first time training for either program, it is recommended that the training is taken in person. If one is not able to attend an in-person training (upcoming trainings are listed below), it is possible to take this online with the submission of a couple of survey questions added for compliance purposes.

Any other interested parishioners are encouraged to participate in training sessions. Certificates are valid for five years and then a renewal is required.

Here is the PDF from the diocese with all the directions for how to sign up online and take the classes online:

Once you have finished, you will need to submit your training form online on the diocesan website on this page: https://ecww.org/safeguarding-online/ 

The website says once their form has been processed, a certificate should be mailed to both you, personally, and your home church.