Safeguarding God's Children

Safeguarding God's Children is a nationally recognized program for the prevention of child sexual abuse in the church and in the home.  It was developed by Church Pension Group and Praesidium Religious Services.  The Diocese of Central Pennsylvania offers training modules and on line courses in this program to fulfill the Diocesan Policy requirements for the protection of children and youth from abuse.  In addition to Safeguarding God’s Children we also offer modules for the protection of ALL of God's children, for the prevention adults from abuse.

Safeguarding God's Children is the program which all clergy, lay staff and volunteers who minister to and work with children and youth must take. All lay people, including church employees, licensed Eucharistic ministers and Eucharistic visitors, vestries, and lay people who come in contact with and work with children and youth must complete this training.

Safeguarding God's Children provides participants with the information they need to protect the children they know and care for in their personal lives and in the ministries in which they serve. The program is based on the philosophy that if every adult can protect just one child, they will forever change one life. If we can all change one life, together we will make a difference in this generation of children.

Who needs to attend?

  • All paid parish staff members who have not completed a child abuse and sexual misconduct prevention of program in the last two years. Background checks are required.  For more information click here.
  • Any volunteers working with children and youth (including Christian education leaders) who have not completed a child abuse and sexual misconduct prevention of program in the last three years.
  • Anyone who wishes to learn more about how their parish can protect children and youth.

Upcoming Safeguarding Trainings

Safeguarding Online

Safeguarding God's Children recertification training is required 2 years after having taken the initial training. This can now be accomplished online. SGC Online is an internet-based training program that is available 24/7 from any high-speed internet connection. The courses are easy to understand. To take SGC Online, contact your SGC Online Administrator. They will issue you an email invitation to participate. To contact your administrator, click here (coming soon). Also, download the online quick start guide (coming soon). If you have questions as you begin, please contact Robyn Szoke or call 717-236-5959.


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

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

SafeChurch Resources

Incident Report Form

Application for persons seeking to work as leaders of children and youth background checks

Children and Youth Ministry in the Diocese of Central Pennsylvania

Safeguarding God's Children trainers

Ordering Safeguarding God's Children materials

If you are interested in having a Safeguarding God’s Children trainer come to your parish, please contact Robyn Szoke in the Bishop's Office, 717 236-5959,

Ordering Safeguarding God's Children Materials

Call Cokesbury at 1-800-672-1789. Place the order under your church’s Cokesbury account number for your order to be tax exempt.  Cokesbury can find a church account number by searching by the church’s telephone number.

Request to purchase items by their ISBN numbers, not the item name.  These items are not on the Cokesbury website.

ISBN 9780898696264
Safeguarding God’s Children
$139.00 plus shipping and handling

ISBN 9780898696288
Safeguarding God’s People:  Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith
$139.00 plus shipping and handling

ISBN 9780898696301
Safeguarding God’s People:  Preventing Sexual Harassment of Church Workers
$139.00 plus shipping and handling