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Newport News, VA 23606-3071
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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.

Specialized Training Workshops

All workshops are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and lunch is provided. This training is required for vestry members, clergy, church staff. Click here to find out if this is the training you should take. Note: Registration will close one week before the date of the workshop. A minimum of 10 registrants is required in order to hold a classroom training. If you register for a class and it fails to achieve the minimum class size, you will be notified of its cancellation.

September 28 - Redeemer, Midlothian

October 5 - Johns Memorial, Farmville

October 5 - Eastern Shore Chapel, Virginia Beach

October 12 - St. George's, Newport News

October 19 - St. Andrew's, Norfolk

October 26 - Emmanuel, Franklin

November 9 - St. John's, Chester

December 14 - St. David's, North Chesterfield

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.

September 14, 9 to 10:30 a.m. - St. Paul's, Norfolk

September 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m. - Bruton Parish, Williamsburg

October 19, 10 to 11:30 a.m. - St. Barnabas, North Chesterfield

Online training

To enroll send an email to Susan Allen, Safeguarding Online Administrator, at sallen@diosova.org with “Safeguarding Online Registration” as the subject. Include your full name, church or organization, whether you are staff or volunteer, and your title or role (clergy, church staff, vestry, volunteer working with children, etc.) in the email. You will receive a reply email with your user login and password. Print this email or write down your user login 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 login 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: December 16, 2019 8:28 AM