The Diocese of Olympia takes its responsibility for the safety of our people seriously. The Safe Church program teaches how to identify and prevent abuse within the church community, and is conducted several times per year, free of charge. The training consists of three sessions: Safeguarding God’s Children, Safeguarding God’s People and a new Anti-Racism program.
All clergy members, diocesan team members, and people in leadership (Vestry and Bishop Committee Members), all people who work directly with children, all Eucharistic Visitors and all paid staff in our congregations are required to take the training. Any other interested parishioners are encouraged to participate in training sessions. Certificates are valid for five years and then re-training is required. All pertinent information on Safe Church can be found on our website. This includes the information on background checks done by Intellicorp.
Vestry and Bishop Committee Members who do not have direct contact with children may take Safeguarding God’s Children online but must submit their completion paperwork for the certification to be accepted.