Keeping our Churches Safe from Sexual Misconduct
Jesus Christ calls us to loving relationships that are healthy and helpful to each other. The obligation to seek and serve Christ in all persons and to respect the dignity of every human being is binding for all the baptized. Educating and empowering the people of our diocese is central to creating and maintaining churches and activities that are safe for everyone.
In our Diocese, we have policies in place to protect children and youth from abuse and adults from sexual exploitation and sexual harassment. We use a training program produced by the Church Pension Group in partnership with Praesidium, Inc.: Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People.
Who is required to take Safeguarding Training?
All clergy whether stipendiary, non-stipendiary, or otherwise who are engaged in ministry or service to the church
All persons who teach, supervise or assist with supervising children or youth in ministries, programs or activities more often than occasionally
All paid or volunteer Church Personnel whose work regularly takes them throughout the facility or grounds
All persons who provide transportation to children or youth without other adults in the vehicle more than occasionally
All vestry members or members of similar decision-making groups who have the authority to approve the creation of ministries, programs or activities for children or youth.
Below you will find the resources you need to help prevent sexual misconduct.
Safe Church Policies: There are several policies guiding the church in right relationships with children of all ages.
Safe Church Trainings
There are two principle trainings that create and maintain a safe environment in our faith communities for people of all ages: Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People.
The Episcopal Diocese of Western North Carolina has contracted with a company called Secure Search Faith to conduct background checks. Learn more here.