Safeguarding All Children and God's People

Programs in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Safeguarding God’s People is a program of the Church Pension Group, offered throughout the national Episcopal Church and its dioceses. Its purpose is to educate those clergy and lay persons who are engaged in church-sponsored activities, whether in a paid or volunteer capacity. All training must be renewed every two years. The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania offers several Safeguarding training programs, and each has its own completion requirements.

Go here for upcoming training dates for Safeguarding God's People and Safeguarding God's Children.


There are three components to Safeguarding Training

Safeguarding God’s Children is a required training for all those working with children and youth in any capacity. Safeguarding God’s Children may now be taken two ways: online or in person. If you take Safeguarding God’s Children online, we encourage you to do so in community with a small group. You can take your courses any time 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Contact your parish administrator to sign up for Safeguarding God’s Children online. 

In addition here are two helpful Powerpoint presentations to share with members of your congregation to clarify questions of policy and procedure:

The in-person version of Safeguarding God’s Children will continue to be offered in the Diocese for those who do not have access to high-speed internet connections or those parishes that feel that “in person” simply works better. Click here for more information.

Safeguarding God’s People:  Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith addresses the development or attempted development of a sexual relationship between a person in any ministerial position and an individual with whom he or she has a pastoral relationship; this is commonly called adult sexual exploitation.

Safeguarding God’s People:  Preventing Sexual Harassment of Church Workers provides training for employees, volunteers, clergy, managers, supervisors, and church leaders about sexual harassment.

Safeguarding God’s People is a new program and will be offered only in person version at this time. This program will be offered by deacons in the Diocese who have received instruction as trainers. Please contact a certified diocesan trainer by clicking here.


Additional Documents and Resources

Prevention and Response Policy Regarding Child Sexual Abuse, Adult Sexual Misconduct, and Other Boundary Violations (PDF; updated October 2012)

Updated information for the prevention and response policy to meet the requirements of the new PA laws  is HO#6 Fact Sheet for volunteers.

For congregational administrators of SGC and SGP new updated information 

For congregational administrators of SGC and SGP new manual for updated information

To log into the Safeguarding God’s Children and People on line, you will need a user name and password from the SGC SGP coordinator in your parish.  For more information on becoming a coordinator in your congregation, click here.

To take action upon the SGC and SGP information, please click here for the mandated Reporter Action Plan to be developed with others in your parish.

For incident report template and for suggested registration template for children and youth events, please click here.

To order training kits, click here

For more information, please contact The Rev. Robyn Szoke-Coolidge, or 717-236-5959.


How to Apply for Your Clearances

Click on this link to apply for your clearances.  You will need the following clearances:

     * Pennsylvania State Criminal Background Check

     * Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance

     * Pennsylvania Fingerprinting Locations

Please remember that the Criminal Background Check can be completed online using the link provided.  Give your credit card info and wait less than a minute to get your results.

But, the Child Abuse Clearance must be printed out, completed, and mailed in.  Completing the form does not mean that one has completed the clearance procedure.  You still have to get the money order and mail the packet to the address provided and then wait 2 weeks to 2 months to get the results back in the mail.