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Safe Church Training


Two levels of training are now offered - Specialized and Universal. Click here to find out which training you should take.

Please be advised that while safe church training can still be accomplished online, the number of modules needed to satisfy Universal and Specialized training requirements differ significantly. If you are required to take Specialized training we strongly recommend that you consider completing the training via the workshop format.

If your church would like to request to host a Specialized or Universal Training Workshop, click here.

Due to COVID restrictions on-site/in-person safe church workshops have been postponed. However, interactive Zoom based Universal and Specialized training sessions led by a facilitator are available. In addition, online training via Praesidium modules continues to be available.

Specialized Training Workshops

This training is required for vestry members, clergy, church staff. Click here to find out if this is the training you should take.

Upcoming workshops via Zoom (Space is limited so please register early!):

  • Saturday, May 15, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 16, 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. You must attend both sessions to receive certification. Click here to register.

Please note that Specialized training utilizes video segments to help understand difficult topics; these videos can be especially challenging for individuals who were themselves victimized. Therefore,before registering for this Zoom based training, please assess if a trusted support system is available should you experience a strong reaction to the content.

Universal Training Workshops

This training is suitable for Sunday school teachers and VBS volunteers (it does NOT meet requirements for vestry members, clergy or church staff). Click here to find out if this is the training you should take.

If a church or organization would like to schedule a Universal Training Workshop contact Susan Allen or Lynn Farlin at 757-423-8287.

Online training

Safeguarding Online Safe Church Training requires a valid, unique email address for each registrant in order to participate in online training. To register for online Safe Church Training, click here. Once your registration has been processed, you will receive an email from Susan Allen, sallen@diosova.org, with your login information and instructions. Print this email or write down your user name and password for future reference. You must be age 16 or older to take Safe Church training.

IMPORTANT! Completing Specialized training online will require completion of a significant number of modules to equate to the material covered in the workshop format. When you are given a user name and password you are given access to ALL of the Safeguarding modules therefore it is important that you carefully read the communication from Susan Allen which will highlight the modules that are required for all as well as those that are ministry setting specific. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Susan Allen or Lynn Farlin at 757-423-8287.

Click here for the Safeguarding Online Quick Start Guide. It will provide you with easy instructions for logging in to take Safe Church training online.

Not sure which online Safe Church courses you should take? Click here.



Last Published: April 19, 2021 3:07 PM