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Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia
11832 Rock Landing Dr., Suite 100
Newport News, VA 23606-4231
757-423-8287 Main
800-582-8292 Toll Free
757-595-0783 Fax

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The diocesan offices are open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Click here for directions to the diocesan office.

Background Checks


Episcopal churches have the option for background check services under a negotiated plan between Church Pension Group and Praesidium (www.praesidiuminc.com), the creators of Safeguarding Online Safe Church Training. There is no monthly fee or setup cost, the church only pays for the actual background check, and most results are available within 3 business days.  For more information, or to set up an account, contact Praesidium at 800-743-6354 or praesidium@praesidiuminc.com.

Churches can also use the Virginia State Police Criminal History Records Check found here. Results are typically received in 15-20 business days.

Safeguarding Grants

Grants are available for small churches to assist in meeting compliance standards (i.e. background checks, credit checks, etc.) for the Policy for the Protection of Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Adults. Small churches who have submitted their Congregational/Organizational Safe Church Annual Audit and have provided the Diocese with the preceding two calendar years’ financial audit reports are eligible to apply to apply for a Safeguarding Grant. Click here for application.

Other useful links

Online Resources on Child Sexual Abuse

National Sex Offender Public Website

Virginia State Police - Registered Offenders

Last Published: August 25, 2020 1:18 PM