The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York is committed to providing a safe haven for all adults and children that partake in our ministries. Safe Church training for church employees, leaders and members promotes standards and practices designed to prevent and respond to sexual misconduct, harassment and exploitation.
All members of our churches are encouraged to participate in Safe Church Training. The more informed and aware we are, the safer our churches will be for all children and adults.
Individuals who complete the three-hour Safe Church Training workshop are awarded a certificate. Certification is valid for five years and may be renewed by attending the workshop again. The following individuals are required to have up-to-date Safe Church certificates:
All Youth Leaders under the age of 16 are required to attend Safe Church for Teens training annually, and all youth in the Diocese are encouraged to take this training.
The Episcopal Diocese of Central New York offers the following training opportunities based on the “Safeguarding God’s Children” and “Safeguarding God’s People” curricula from the Church Pension Fund:
The Safe Church Policies & Procedures manual includes:
Parishes wishing to do a background verification on a volunteer or employee can download a Background Verification Disclosure & Authorization Form.
Safe Church Training workshops are generally free and are approximately three hours long. The workshop will be useful to all members of your congregation in identifying, preventing, and responding to sexual misconduct, harassment and exploitation. Clergy, vestry members, parish employees, Lay Ministers and Eucharistic Visitors and anyone volunteering or working with children are required to complete the Safe Church Training workshop.
Safe Church for Teens Training workshops are generally free and are approximately three hours long. These workshops help youth and youth leaders to identify the warning signs of sexual misconduct and abuse and to report concerns or incidents. Youth Leaders under the age of 16 are required to take this workshop annually.
If your parish, district or group would like to plan a Safe Church or Safe Church for Teens workshop, please contact a trainer from the Safe Church & Safe Church for Teens Trainers Roster and arrange a mutually agreeable date and time.
Responsibilities of the host parish: