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Update – February 8, 2018:

These Model Policies are currently being reviewed by our Diocesan Council. In the review, we are identifying the differences between our current policy and this one. Once the changes are identified, discussed and clarified as needed, the Council will adopt the policies for the Diocese. They will then be sent out the to congregations for their review, adoption and implementation. That should happen around the end of March. The adopted policies shouldn’t differ too much from the Model Policies, but the Council does have the option of making changes.

It is our desire to get these policies out to everyone as soon as possible. By posting these Model Policies, we are wanting to share with you the direction these updated policies are going and to give congregations and individuals the opportunity to begin to read, learn, mark, and inwardly digest them.

Model Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth 2018
Model Policy for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults 2018

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.

  • Safeguarding Children: 8:45 am – 12:00 pm   Workshop fee: $30
  • Safeguarding People: 12:45 – 4:00 pm    Workshop fee: $30

Whitaker offers this training throughout the diocese every year.  Congregations may also choose to set up special sessions for a flat fee.  For information on how to set up a special session, click here.

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 God’s 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
  • Special Sessions:  Congregations may also choose to schedule special Safeguarding sessions for a flat rate.

Upcoming Safeguarding Training Dates:


April 14th
Trinity Belleville, 11575 Belleville Rd., Belleville, MI 48111

May 12th   
St. James Dexter, 3279 Broad St. Dexter, MI 48130

June 2nd
Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Ave. Detroit MI 48201

Aug 11th
St. Patrick’s, 1434 13 Mile Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

Sep 8th
St. Clements, 4300 Harrison St., Inkster MI 48141

Oct 13th
St. Michael’s Cambridge Jct. 11646 Old Monroe Pike, Onsted, MI 49265

Dec 8th 
Christ Church Detroit, 960 E Jefferson Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

To find out more about the above, or if you have problems registering online, contact Knena Causey at

If you have already registered for a Safeguarding Workshop(s), take a minute to view the video below:



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

4800 Woodward Ave. Detroit, MI 48201-1399

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