Safe Church Training

Safe Church Education and Training

Safe Church education and training is available to anyone in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. There is a minimum standard that is expected based on specific ministry roles, utilizing either Introductory Training (“Safeguarding Online”) or Full Training (In-person “Comprehensive Training”).

Online training

(also referred to as “Introductory Training”)

Safeguarding Online, which is self-paced online training, will be offered broadly to anyone in a congregation/agency, with specific encouragement for: Vestry or Mission Council members and congregational leaders. Church personnel who occasionally work with or around children or youth (Church Personnel Group B, see below), such as volunteer Church School teachers, are expected to complete at least Introductory Training (Safeguarding Online)

Completion of the following modules is required:

Meet Sam
It Happened to Me
Keeping Your Church Safe
Policies of Diocese of Southern Ohio
A Day at Camp
Preventing Sexual Exploitation for Ministries
Preventing Sexual Exploitation for Congregations

Live training


(also referred to as “Safe Church Comprehensive Training”)

Comprehensive Training consists of Safeguarding God’s People: Church Workers and Congregations & Ministries. Safe Church Comprehensive Training, (which is about 6 hours or equivalent) will be offered broadly to anyone in a congregation/ agency, and is expected of church personnel who regularly work with or around children or youth (Church Personnel Group A, see below).

See the Diocesan Safe Church training policy Safe_Church_Policy___Procedures-2012-Approved.pdf

Confidential Notice of Concern Form-Confidential_Notice_of_Concern-2.pdf

Information resources packet Resource-SafeguardingChildren-InfoPacket-2012.pdf

Which training do I need?

Online Training (Safeguarding Introductory Training)
Church Personnel Group B

Personnel who occasionally work with or around children or youth
The following are included in the definition of church personnel who occasionally work with or around children/youth

  • Church school/Sunday School teachers (non-supervisors).
  • All persons who supervise or assist with supervising children or youth in ministries, programs or activities infrequently, generally no more than three times a year or for one program or activity during a year that lasts less than a month (i.e. assisting with preparation for the Christmas pageant, or teaching one “unit” for a month).
  • All persons who provide transportation to children or youth without other adults in the vehicle infrequently, generally no more than three times a year.
  • All persons who work or assist in the nursery four or fewer times a year.
  • Adults who participate in overnight activities with children or youth once or twice a year.

 

Live/Comprehensive Training (Safeguarding In-Person)
Church Personnel Group A

Personnel who regularly work with or around children or youth
The following are included in the definition of church personnel who regularly work with or around children/youth

  • All clergy whether stipendiary or non-stipendiary who engage in ministry service.
  • All paid or volunteer church personnel whose work regularly takes children/youth throughout the facility and/or assists with children/youth programs who have keys, giving them access to the buildings and grounds.
  • All wardens.
  • All persons who supervise or assist with supervising children or youth, other than church school teachers, in ministries, programs or activities more often than occasionally.
  • All duly-appointed and licensed lay persons, whether as an employee or volunteer, who are authorized to provide ministry on behalf of the Church (other than distribution of the Bread & Wine at a public service of Holy Communion).
  • Examples in addition to the above mentioned roles would also, but are not limited to include:
  • Children’s or youth choir directors, organists and other musicians who work with children or youth in any regular capacity, other than a single service as a guest musician, and do not provide individual instruction.
  • Lay youth ministers and/or directors
  • All church personnel who work or assist in the nursery more than four times a year
  • All staff, whether volunteer or paid, at church camps
  • All persons who provide transportation to children or youth without other adults in the vehicle more than occasionally.
  • Adult participants in overnight events with children/youth more than two times a year

When is training offered?

Live training (Safe Church Comprehensive Training)

Live training (Safe Church Comprehensive Training) will be made available at a number of different training sites throughout the year. See the current schedule of upcoming trainings below:

Online training

Online training is available when you are and is self-paced. You can enroll and access the training by going to website.PraesidiumInc.com/EnrollNow

Enter the registration code: diosohio and fill out the form and click the link to enroll. Print the page or write down your user login and password for future reference.

To begin training, go to website.PraesidiumInc.com/LoginNow Enter your user login and password, then click Login. Click on the course image or title to begin.

Completion of the following modules is required:

Meet Sam
It Happened to Me
Keeping Your Church Safe
Policies of Diocese of Southern Ohio
A Day at Camp
Preventing Sexual Exploitation for Ministries
Preventing Sexual Exploitation for Congregations

How much does it cost?

There is no charge for Safe Church training. If a meal requiring payment is to be served at your session, payment will be made directly at the training. The cost of lunch for trainings offered at the Procter Center will be the responsibility of each participant.

 

How can I register?

Comprehensive/Live training

Register for Comprehensive training here

Online/Introductory training

Enroll for Online Training by going to website.PraesidiumInc.com/EnrollNow

Enter the registration code: diosohio and fill out the form and click the link to enroll. Print the page or write down your user login and password for future reference.

To begin training, go to website.PraesidiumInc.com/LoginNow

Enter your user login and password, then click Login. Click on the course image or title to begin.

See a Quick Start guide at this link: 2.0 Quick Start_Southern Ohio

What happens after I complete training?

Certificates of Program Completion for Comprehensive/Live Training are issued by the diocese and will be sent to the email address provided on the participant’s registration. Local congregations/agencies are encouraged to keep a copy of any and all program certificates in their respective files as well. The trainer will notify the diocesan office of the names of those who have successfully completed the training so that the certificates may be issued.

Progress and completion for participants in Online Training are recorded automatically by Praesidium. Make sure to save a copy of your completion certificate and send a copy to the leadership of your congregation and also to communication@diosohio.org so that we may update our records.

Do I ever need to renew my training?

Re-Certification and Training must be repeated a minimum of once every five (5) years, either in person or online. It will be the responsibility of the individual to keep his/her training certificate current in order to comply with Safe Church expectations.

Need help?

All approved Comprehensive Training opportunities are scheduled through the diocese. Diocesan policy is currently under review and no comprehensive trainings are scheduled. Please direct any questions you may have to current staff liaison Julie Murray at jmurray@nulldiosohio.org or 800.582.1712 ext. 110 and she will put you in touch with individuals who can help you with your specific needs.