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 before Covid precautions were put in place was conducted several times per year in person, free of charge. At this time, the training courses are only available online, however they are still free of charge.
The training consists of two sessions: Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People (and each session has two parts).
BOTH 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, 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, vestry and bishop committee members, church staff, and eucharistic visitors.
If this is a first time training for either program, it is recommended that the training is taken in person if in-person courses are available.
Any other interested parishioners are encouraged to participate in training sessions!
Certificates are valid for five years and then a renewal is required.
Once you have finished, you will need to submit your training form online on the diocesan website on this page: https://dioceseofolympia1551.formstack.com/forms/safeguarding_online
The diocese website says once their form has been processed, a certificate should be mailed to both you, personally, and our church. If you do not receive your certificate, please email St. Andrew’s parish administrator Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org