Safeguarding Gods People And Children

Safeguarding God's People And Children is an online program developed by Church Pension Group and Praesidium Religious Services which deals with prevention of child sexual abuse. For our diocese, we are adapting the program to include the Diocesan Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse, and adding modules for the protection of ALL of God's children, including adults.

 

Safeguarding God's People

Safeguarding God’s People is focus on preventing sexual exploitation in communities of faith and preventing sexual harassment of church volunteers and employees.

For adults in congregations, vestry members, clergy, employees, and others who provide pastoral care Addresses exploitation in pastoral relationships

For church workers and their managers and supervisors

Addresses compliance with sexual harassment laws and church policies

Safeguarding Gods Children

Safeguarding God’s Children is focused on preventing child sexual abuse in our churches and communities. Every person working with children and youth in the church must have completed this training within the last five years.

 

Safeguarding Online TM

Safeguarding Online can be accessed at any time, from anywhere.  Each module offers easy to understand, step-by-step instruction and ends with a brief quiz.

 

Who is required to take Safeguarding God's PEOPLE training?

HERE'S WHO all clergy, church employees, vestry members, lay pastoral care ministers  spiritual directors, eucharistic visitors, hospital visitors authorized by the church, leaders and facilitators of all adult programs and small group ministries, seminarians, lay chaplains.

Please peruse this section of the website to acquaint yourself with our policies and procedures. 

All lay employees and volunteers are required to take seven modules, each taking approximately 40-45 minutes. Clergy are required to take 11 modules.  A refresher course should be taken every five years.

 

Who is required to take Safeguarding God's CHILDREN training?

The Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas safeguards all of God’s children. We commit to creating safe environments, especially for children, youth, and vulnerable adults, from sexual, physical and/or personal abuse or exploitation.

All people working within the church with children, youth, or adults must have completed Safeguarding training within the previous five years.

Engagement with Safeguarding helps us:

Promote best practices and proactively work in a way that can prevent harm, abuse, coercion to or exploitation of any vulnerable person

Ensure that any allegations of abuse or suspicion are dealt with appropriately.

The course must be taken every five years.

 

Module Content:

The below modules are required by lay volunteers and employees as well as all clergy. Clergy are also required to complete the seven and additional modules listed below.
 

Meet Sam
Sam molests children. The course highlights the types of molesters and the methods they use to meet their own needs. You learn how to spot interactions between adults and children that may indicate danger.

 

It Happened to Me
Temper outbursts. Failing grades. Depression. Suicide. These are just a few of the effects of sexual abuse. In this course, you hear children and adults describe the devastating effects abuse has had on their lives. You learn about the prevalence of abuse and specific characteristics that may put some children at higher risk of abuse.

Abuse Risk Management for Volunteers

This module shows volunteers how molesters operate, the devastating effects of abuse, and the specific steps volunteers can take to prevent abuse and false allegations of abuse.

 

Keeping Your Church Safe
Children come to us throughout the day, week after week, month after month, and year after year. They expect to learn about God, have fun, make friends, practice skills, and grow in faith. They expect to be safe. In this course, you will learn when and where abuse is most likely to occur in church programs, the steps you can take to keep children safe, and how you can protect yourself from false allegations of abuse.

Preventing Bullying

Bullying, in some way is a part of everybody's childhood memories. However, the severity of recent bullying incidents has shown that bullying can no longer be a "normal" part of growing up.

Social Media Safety

Social media safety is a relevant topic for everyone who works with young people. In a short period of time, new technologies have revolutionized the way we all communicate. This course introduces guidelines for protecting the youths in your care when using social media and electronic communication.

 

Diocesan Policies
This course outlines diocesan policies relevant to the prevention of abuse. To complete the course, you must indicate that you have read, understand, and agree to comply with these policies.

 

All Clergy are required to complete 11 modules, each taking 40-45 minutes.

  • Meet Sam

  • It Happened to Me

  • Keeping Your Church Safe

  • Safeguarding God's Children

  • Preventing Sexual Exploitation - for Congregations

  • Preventing Sexual Exploitation - for Ministries

  • Preventing Sexual Harassment of Church Workers - for Supervisors

  • Preventing Bullying

  • Social Media Safety

  • Duty To Report Mandated Reporter

  • Diocesan Policies

If you Have any questions regarding the Safeguarding courses you can go to their FAQ.

 

You can contact Toni Cottrell at the Diocesan Office to register for the Online Safeguarding Course at tec.wks2011@gmail.com.

 

© 2019 The Episcopal Diocese of Western Kansas

1 North Main, Suite 418 , Hutchinson, KS 67501

620-669-0006

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