Who Needs Misconduct Prevention Training

 

Assessing Your Parish

Ultimately, it’s up to the rector, priest-in-charge, or vicar to assess what’s best for the safety of the parish. The requirements below are a baseline for misconduct prevention. Churches should not feel limited by this guide in what they require. If you feel that the baseline is too stringent or have any other concerns, please be in touch with Ed Keithly, deputy director, transition ministry.

Two Ways to Get Trained:

1. In-Person Training

→Jump to in-person training requirements, by ministry.

Two types of in-person training are available in the Diocese of Virginia:

  • Prevention of Child Abuse and Child Sexual Misconduct (2.5 hour course)
  • Prevention of Adult Sexual Misconduct (2.5 hour course)

Clergy who receive the training (child and/or adult) may teach that workshop in their parish. This may be especially useful in training Eucharistic visitors (adult misconduct prevention training is a prerequisite for licensure as a LEV) or Sunday school teachers (child abuse prevention).

2. Online Training

→Jump to online training requirements, by ministry.

In order to make training more widely available and to honor the time constraints of those participating in ministry, we offer online misconduct prevention training. We hope that those being trained for the first time will elect to take in-person training, but we understand that this is not always possible. It is at the discretion of the rector, priest-in-charge or vicar to decide how someone receives training for the first time.

The guide to get started with online training can be found here, but please be certain that your rector/parish administrator (or proxy) has approved you taking the course online. Please also be sure to read over which online courses are required for your specific ministry.

3. Ministries that Don’t Require Misconduct Prevention Training
  • Eucharistic ministers: that is, those who serve during regular worship services
  • Lay preachers who are licensed to preach during regular worship services
  • Lay readers

Vestry members should receive training, but, if they do not participate in a ministry with its own specific requirements for training, we recommend they take the online training outlined at the end of this webpage.

In-Person Training

There are two in-person workshops:
  • Prevention of Child Abuse and Child Sexual Misconduct (2.5 hour course)
  • Prevention of Adult Sexual Misconduct (2.5 hour course)
These ministries require both in-person training workshops:
  • Clergy and church staff (full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid)
  • Youth group leaders
    • That is, those who oversee the program, volunteers and chaperones need online child abuse prevention training.
  • Licensed pastoral leaders, licensed lay worship leaders
  • Missioners and mission trip leaders
    • A missioner is someone going to live for an extended time (more than a few months) in a mission area (e.g., Young Adult Service Corps).
    • Mission trip leader is someone in charge of a church mission trip, typically lasting less than a month.
  • Note: Mission trip participants need child abuse prevention training if the mission trip will serve children and/or youth, but are not required to take adult misconduct prevention training.
  • Sunday school teachers who teach adults

←Return to the misconduct prevention homepage to see the options for in-person training. 

These ministries require Child Abuse and Child Sexual Misconduct Prevention Training:
  • Catechists (licensed) who teach youth, and confirmation class teachers
  • Mission trip participants
    • If the mission trip will serve children and/or youth
  • Nursery workers
  • Day/parochial school teachers
  • Sunday school teachers who teach children
  • Vacation Bible school directors/leaders
  • Vacation Bible school staff/volunteers (recommended, not required)
  • Youth group volunteers and chaperones
These ministries require Adult Misconduct Prevention Training:
  • Catechists who teach adults, and adult confirmation/reception class teachers
  • Eucharistic visitors

Online Training

Online Training Guide* Spreadsheet: Who Needs Training

*Please be certain that your rector/parish administrator (or proxy) has approved you taking the course online. Please also be sure to refer back to the list of courses below to see what is required for your specific ministry (also in spreadsheet format above).

→Jump to courses for: Clergy, Seminarians & Licensed Lay Leaders •|• Church Staff •|• Lay Eucharistic Visitors •|• Mission Trip Leaders •|• Mission Trip Participants •|• Nursery Workers •|• Day/Parochial School Teachers •|• Sunday School Teachers •|• Youth Confirmation Teachers •|• Adult Confirmation/Reception Teachers •|• VBS Directors/Leaders •|• VBS Staff/Volunteers •|• Youth Group Leaders •|• Youth Group Volunteers/Chaperones •|• Vestry

Clergy, Seminarians, Lay Pastoral Leaders*, Lay Worship Leaders*:

  • Meet Sam
  • It Happened to Me
  • Keeping Your Church Safe
  • Policies
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith – for Congregations
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment – for Workers
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment – for Managers & Supervisors
  • Recognizing Abuse and Exploitation in Elder Serving Programs

*More about lay leaders

Church Staff (whether full- or part-time, paid or unpaid):

  • Meet Sam
  • It Happened to Me
  • Keeping Your Church Safe
  • Policies
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith – for Ministries
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith – for Congregations
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment – for Workers
  • Recognizing Abuse and Exploitation in Elder Serving Programs

Eucharistic Visitors who take communion to homes, hospitals or other facilities:

  • Policies
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith – for Ministries
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment – for Workers
  • Recognizing Abuse and Exploitation in Elder Serving Programs

Mission Trip Leaders:

  • Meet Sam
  • It Happened to Me
  • Keeping Your Church Safe
  • Policies
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith – for congregations
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment – for Workers
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  • Additional training required if the mission trip will serve the elderly
    • Recognizing Abuse and Exploitation in Elder Serving Programs

Mission Trip Participants (all), if the mission team will serve children and/or youth:

  • Meet Sam
  • It Happened to Me
  • Keeping Your Church Safe
  • Policies

Nursery Workers:

  • Meet Sam
  • It Happened to Me
  • Preventing Sexual Activity Between Young Children
  • Policies

Teachers: Day/Parochial School:

  • Meet Sam
  • It Happened to Me
  • Keeping Your School Safe
  • Preventing Sexual Activity Between Young Children
  • Policies
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment – for Workers
  • Preventing Bullying

Teachers: Sunday School (children):

  • Meet Sam
  • It Happened to Me
  • Keeping Your School Safe
  • Preventing Sexual Activity Between Young Children
  • Policies
  • Preventing Bullying

Teachers: catechism and confirmation class who teach youth:

  • Meet Sam
  • It Happened to Me
  • Keeping Your Church Safe
  • Policies
  • Preventing Bullying

Teachers: catechism, confirmation/reception class, Sunday school who teach adults:

  • Policies
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith – for Congregations
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment – for Workers

Vacation Bible School Directors/Leaders:

  • Meet Sam
  • It Happened to Me
  • Keeping Your School Safe
  • Preventing Sexual Activity Between Young Children
  • Policies
  • Preventing Bullying
  • A Day at Camp

Vacation Bible School Staff/Volunteers:

  • The same courses as above (VBS directors/leaders) are recommended but not required for VBS staff and volunteers.

Youth Group Leaders:

  • Meet Sam
  • It Happened to Me
  • Keeping Your Church Safe
  • Policies
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment – for Workers
  • Preventing Bullying

Youth Group Volunteers/Chaperones:

  • Meet Sam
  • It Happened to Me
  • Keeping Your Church Safe
  • Policies
  • Preventing Bullying

Vestry Members:

  • Keeping Your Church Safe
  • Policies
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith – for Congregations
  • Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment – for Workers