Safe Church Practices & Requirements
In 1991 the General Convention passed a resolution in which it declared that sexual abuse, exploitation, coercion and harassment of adults and minors by clergy and church employees are abuses of trust, a violation of the Baptismal Covenant, contrary to Christian character and are therefore wrong. The Church must be a safe place for all people, a place of respect, trust and caring.
All those who are clergy, employees, leaders, volunteers, key holders, or work with children, youth or other vulnerable populations in our parish are required to complete Safe Church training. You are required to recertify every 3 years. You are also required to review the Policies of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Safe Church training teaches us how to protect the children, youth, and vulnerable adults in our care from abuse. It also gives us tools to protect ourselves and each other from sexual harassment and exploitation. The Episcopal Church has updated its Safe Church Training utilizing the Praesidium Academy platform.
Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth
St. John's Episcopal Church in Huntington, New York seeks to provide a safe and secure environment for the children who participate in our programs and activities. By implementing the below practices, our goal is to protect the children of St. John's Church from incidents of misconduct or inappropriate behavior while also protecting our staff and volunteers (workers) from false accusations.
Sexual Harassment Training
According to NYS law, all paid employees are required to renew their Sexual Harassment training every year. To comply, at the minimum you should read the diocesan policy, “EDLI Policy on Sexual Harassment & Sexual Exploitation” and take the “Anti-Harassment” modules which applies to your position as either a supervisor or a worker. Every three years, all of the five Presidium Universal Training modules and any others which apply, should be taken with the Refresher modules if available. See the “Who Takes What” spreadsheet for more information. The EDLI Policies are also there.
Select one of the following, Managers & Supervisor for those with Supervisory responsibilities or Workers for all others:
Who Needs Safe Church?
Safe Church training is available online at www.praesidiumacademy.com. Please reach out to our Parish Administrator to set up your Safe Church learner account or with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or (631) 427-1752, ext 101.
Children's Minsitry Worker or Volunteer
Youth Ministry Workers or Volunteers
Nursery School Staff
Other Paid Church Staff
Other Youth & Children's Ministries