Misconduct Prevention (Safe Church)

Options for Misconduct Prevention Training

There are two options for misconduct prevention training. It is at the discretion of the rector (or proxy) which training is required, even for those receiving training for the first time. Rectors and those coordinating misconduct prevention in their parishes should take note of 2019-2022 Misconduct Prevention Updates, below. 

  1. Take online misconduct prevention courses (free of charge)
    • The guide in the link above contains info about how to register, how to approach the courses, and which courses are required for each ministry. The module "Your Policies" (aka the Diocesan Policy Manual) is required for everyone and will be reflected on the completion certificate. 
  2. Attend in-person workshops (free of charge).

If you are hoping to set up an in-person training, there are two options:

  1. Hire a certified trainer to lead the workshop. Trainers’ fees are $150 per workshop, with mileage reimbursement as needed. Contact Vicky Bickel.
  2. Clergy with current certification (debuted summer 2016) are eligible to teach child abuse prevention and adult misconduct prevention workshops. For more on this and to get a copy of the trainer script, please contact Vicky Bickel.

2019-2022 Misconduct Prevention Updates

As of July 1, 2019

There is no longer a diocesan recommendation that those being trained for the first time receive in-person training.

  • Either method is valid, even for those being trained for the first time, at the discretion of the rector (or proxy).  
  • After Mar. 2020: Online training should be paired with an annual discussion of policy, best practices and how they apply to a ministry group's context (more below). 
  • Until Aug. 1, 2022, each parish may still choose to require in-person training for those receiving misconduct prevention training for the first time, so long as doing so would not prevent a parishioner from receiving training in a timely manner. 

The diocesan offices no longer offer online registration for in-person workshops, but trainers/parishes may still submit scheduled workshops to the diocesan calendar. Participants should follow the instructions on the calendar event.

January-March 2020

In the first quarter of 2020, the diocesan offices will release supplemental resources, including a group debrief guide, to the online training. Once the resources are released, we ask that ministry groups (e.g., youth group leaders and volunteers, Vacation Bible School staff and volunteers, vestries) hold annual discussions on policy, best practices and how they apply to a ministry group's context.

Beginning August 1, 2022

Recertification will be required every five years (rather than every 10), beginning on Aug. 1, 2022.

  • Training received prior to Aug. 1, 2022 will still be considered current for 10 years, but parishes are encouraged to begin requiring retraining every five years, at the rector's discretion (or proxy's discretion). 

In-person training will be phased out on Aug. 1, 2022.

  • Instead, we will shift to a hybrid model: online training combined with an annual discussion (detailed above).
  • The in-person training will continue to be a valid training option until Aug. 1, 2022. Those who received in-person training prior to Aug. 1, 2022 are not required to be retrained online until their training certification lapses.

Policy Manual (Required Reading for Any Training)

Social Media Guidelines

Background Check & Screening Procedures

Reporting & Response

Training Certificates 

The diocesan offices keep training certificates on file for clergy, but not for laity. After you complete a training, you should keep a copy for yourself and give a copy to your church to be kept on file.

If you took the training online, you can print the certificate via the online portal. See the guide at the top of this page for instructions.

Who to Contact

  • Registrar: Vicky Bickel, vbickel@thediocese.net, 800-DIOCESE ext., 1038
    • What Vicky Handles: Setting up workshops, managing the calendar of workshops, registration lists for trainers and administrators, questions about certificates for clergy (see note above).
  • Staff Liaison: Ed Keithly, ekeithly@thediocese.net, 800-DIOCESE ext., 1015
    • What Ed Handles: Questions related to diocesan policy, questions about unique cases not addressed in the resources above or the Diocesan Policy Manual.
  • Chair of Committee on Prevention of Sexual Misconduct: Carolyn Voldrich