SAFE Church

SAFE Church

SAFE Church

Safe Church Training: The Safeguarding program is designed to help people recognize, report, and, perhaps most importantly, prevent abuse and neglect of our children and youth.

All clergy, employees, and vestry/BAC members are required to complete both Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) and Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation and Harassment (PSEH). Let’s work together to make our congregations safe for all of God’s people.

Safe Church training is offered online. 

The system may take up to three days to respond with an email inviting you to join the new Praesidium Academy platform. Watch for an email from donotreply@praesidiuminc.com with instructions about which courses are required for certification. If you do not see an email from donotreply@praesidiuminc.com be sure to check your spam/junk folder.

Who should take the training and why?

In striving to live out our Baptismal Covenant we are called to respect the dignity of every human being. As the people of God in the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon, we are committed to the safety of all God’s people. This recommendation outlines who is required to attend which of the training sessions.

  • All members of the clergy whether stipendiary or non-stipendiary
  • All interns and persons in the ordination process
  • All paid employees
  • All wardens and vestry/BAC members
  • All volunteers (age 16 and over) who work with children and youth. Volunteers age 12-14 are welcome to take the training with a parent either online or face-to-face. We do not recommend this training for children under 12.

Read the Diocese of Oregon Safeguarding God's Children: Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth

  • All members of the clergy whether stipendiary or non-stipendiary
  • All interns and persons in the ordination process
  • All paid employees and unpaid staff members
  • All unpaid lay leadership (wardens, vestry/BAC members, members of other boards)
  • The following ministers licensed under Canon III.4: Pastoral Leaders, Worship Leaders, Preachers, Eucharistic visitors, and Catechists
  • Other persons who have pastoral relationships (Stephen ministers, spiritual directors, counselors, peer mentors, life coaches, etc.)

FAQs for Online Training 

The online training takes about 4 hours to complete Safeguarding God’s Children (SGC) and another 4 hours to complete Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation & Harassment. The training is made up of courses that take 30-45 minutes each. The training can be completed in one sitting or taken over several days. We ask that all courses are completed within 30 days of registering. 

Online training is free. 

To receive full certification for Safeguarding God’s Children, participants must complete the following online courses:

  1. Meet Sam
  2. It Happened to Me
  3. Duty to Report
  4. Policies
  5. Social Media Safety
  6. Keeping Your Church Safe (or depending on your ministry setting – Keeping Your School Safe or Keeping Your Camp Safe) 

To receive full certification for Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation & Harassment, participants must complete the following online courses:

  1. Preventing Sexual Exploitation – Congregations
  2. Preventing Sexual Exploitation – Ministries
  3. Preventing Sexual Harassment of Church Workers – Supervisors
  4. Preventing Sexual Harassment of Church Workers - Workers 

A certificate of completion will be emailed to you and to your congregation when all required courses are completed. Electronic copies of all certificates will be kept at the diocesan office. 

All Safe Church trainings must be renewed every five (5) years. 

Background Checks for Staff and Volunteers

The Diocese of Oregon requires background checks of the following people:

  1. All lay paid staff (age 16 and older)
  2. All lay volunteers (age 16 and older) who work with children and youth
  3. Lay volunteers (age 16 and older) who have pastoral relationships such as spiritual directors, Stephen ministers, and Lay Eucharistic Visitors
  4. Church treasurers

Download the full instructions for Background Checks.

Email Tracy Esguerra, Executive Assistant to the Canon to the Ordinary, to request more information on background checks.