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Safeguarding God’s Children is a training program in sexual abuse awareness for clergy, Sunday school teachers, nursery workers, vestry members, and others who work with minors in our churches. This training covers prevention, detection and reporting guidelines, and was created in response to General Convention Resolution B008.

Safeguarding God’s People is a diocesan requirement for anyone in a pastoral or one-on-one situation, such as Eucharistic Visitor or Pastoral Caregiver. This training includes guidelines for the prevention of misconduct in all pastoral relationships. It covers healthy boundaries; high risk situations; the abuse of power; accountability; ethical and theological concerns; and diocesan policies and procedures, to ensure safety in our congregations.

Each date will contain both workshops listed below. There will be a short break for lunch in between. If attending both, please bring your lunch with you. Plan to arrive no later than 15 minutes prior to the start time listed below.  Registration for Saturday classes will be cut off after Wednesday.

Whitaker is committed to offering this training in each deanery every year.  Congregations may also choose to set up special sessions.  For information on how to set up a special session, click here.

2015-2016 Safeguarding Workshops

September 19, 2015     St. John’s Clinton, 122 E Church St, Clinton, MI 49236  (517) 456-4828
October 17, 2015          St. Patrick’s Madison Heights, 1434 E 13 Mile Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071  (248) 585-9591
November 14, 2015     St. John’s Howell, 504 Prospect St, Howell, MI 48843  (517) 546-3660
January 23, 2016         Christ Church Detroit, 960 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207   (313) 259-6688
February 27, 2016       St. Clement’s Inkster, 4300 Harrison Road, Inkster, MI 48141   (734) 728-0790
March 19, 2016            St. Paul’s Brighton, 200 W. St. Paul St., Brighton, MI 48116   (810) 229-2821
April 16, 2016               Grace Southgate, 15650 Reeck Rd, Southgate, MI 48195   (734) 285-0380 CANCELLED
May 14, 2016                St. Stephen’s Troy, 5500 N Adams Rd, Troy, MI 48098   (248) 641-8080 REGISTRATION CLOSED

Are you required to take either or both of the Safeguarding trainings?

  • Clergy: All Clergy and Total Ministry Support Teams are required to complete both of these workshops and attend a workshop every 5 years to renew their knowledge. This includes all candidates and postulants.
  • Lay leadership: Safeguarding Children must be taken every 5 years by all those who regularly work with children and youth. Safeguarding People must be taken every 5 years by Eucharistic visitors and pastoral care providers.
  • Safeguarding Online:  Many people are eligible to take the online modules of Safeguarding.  To get access to the online modules, contact Jennifer Michalak at jmichalak@edomi.org
  • Special Sessions:  Congregations may also choose to schedule special Safeguarding sessions for a flat rate.

To find out more, or if you have problems registering online, contact Knena Causey at kcausey@edomi.org.

Register for Safeguarding Classes here.

As people who stand before God and one another and declare that we will, in the words of our Baptismal Covenant, “respect the dignity of every human being,” we rightly and publicly set the bar as high as it can be set. As we continue to strive for that high bar, we need some tools to assist us. In addition to the canons of the church, policies and guidelines, we provide training in prevention of harassment and abuse in the workplace and worshiping communities.

Safeguarding God’s Children is a training program in sexual abuse awareness for clergy, Sunday school teachers, nursery workers, vestry members, and others who work with minors in our churches. This training covers prevention, detection and reporting guidelines, and was created in response to General Convention Resolution B008.

Safeguarding God’s People is a diocesan requirement for anyone in a pastoral or one-on-one situation, such as Eucharistic Visitor or Pastoral Caregiver. This training includes guidelines for the prevention of misconduct in all pastoral relationships. It covers healthy boundaries; high risk situations; the abuse of power; accountability; ethical and theological concerns; and diocesan policies and procedures, to ensure safety in our congregations.

The Whitaker Institute implements these national prevention programs on behalf of the Diocese of Michigan.


 

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Info: kcausey@edomi.org

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