Safe Church training is grounded in our call to seek and serve Christ in all persons and respect the dignity of every human being. This training provides an opportunity to increase and enhance our ability to live out our Baptismal Covenant within our communities of faith and in the world beyond. The children’s module is available online. The adult module is only available live at this time. A certificate is issued to each individual upon completion of the course module. Current policy requires re-certification every three years.
The Office of the Canon for Formation is available to assist you in implementation of these standards in your parishes and schools.
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Policy Manuals & Download Resources:
Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse
"Safeguarding God's Children" Online
To register for the online training please e-mail the following information to Judy Rieken, firstname.lastname@example.org:
Home address including city and zip code
Home or Cell Phone number
Parish or School name, your role and whether you are an employee or volunteer
Within one business day you will receive a reply via e-mail with detailed instructions and an individual user name and password.
The following courses meet the requirements for “Creating Safe Churches for Children” in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia.
“It Happened to Me”
“Keeping Your Church Safe”
“Policies of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia”
In addition, the courses “Keeping Your School Safe” and “Keeping Your Camp Safe” are available for parishes with day schools and camps.
For additional information regarding Creating Safe Churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia please contact:
Caroline Black, email@example.com or Judy Rieken, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other useful links:
National Sex Offender Public Website
Virginia State Police - Registered Offenders
Virginia State Police Criminal Records Check Form