Safe Church Training

Safe Church Events

This training is designed to increase awareness regarding sexual misconduct and abuse of power, to outline steps toward preventing abuse, to offer ways to intervene when misconduct occurs and to equip anyone in a position of congregational leadership with ways of healing and rebuilding the body of Christ.

The training is required of all clergy, diocesan employees and congregational employees. It is also highly recommended for wardens, vestry members, lay eucharistic visitors, pastoral visitors, youth leaders, Confirmation sponsors, acolyte leaders, choir directors, church school teachers and volunteers working in a congregation on a regular basis. 

Online training:

•  The online training, Safeguarding Online, is available here:

•  The online training comprises six required modules of video, text and interactive questions that take 30-45 minutes each.

•  Additional modules are available for specific needs (camp, church employees, mandated reporters, etc.).  

•  For required and suggested modules for clergy, lay employees and volunteers, please see Appendix A in the policy documents attached below.

•  Online training is most effective when individuals meet after completing the modules to discuss reactions and ideas.  It is strongly suggested that a meeting be convened annually, with all required lay employees and volunteers having completed the modules, using the discussion guides provided with the modules.

•  Core modules are available with Spanish captioning.

•  There is no cost; the online training is offered through the diocese's partnership with Church Pension Group.

•  Online training requires a designated administrator at each congregation to create unique user names and passwords for each individual taking the training.  Once the user has been registered by the administrator, the training is always accessible from any computer with a high-speed Internet connection. 

•  Online training can be done as an individual or in groups (especially if each person in the group has a laptop and Internet connection).

Questions about accessing Safeguarding Online may be directed to Jennifer Garrett at or 617-482-4826, ext. 421.

Clergy Professional Development Days

Clergy canonically resident or licensed in the Diocese of Massachusetts are required to attend a Professional Development Day, which includes a Safe Church refresher segment that is required once every three years.  See calendar box at upper right for scheduled Professional Development Days.  For information please contact Jennifer Garrett at or 617-482-4826, ext. 421.  See also "Requirements and Exemptions--Clergy Professional Development Days" document attached below as a PDF.

Safe Church Policies

The Diocese of Massachusetts has adopted two Safe Church Policies designed to foster healthy and sustainable ministry with vulnerable people–one for children and youth, and one for vulnerable adults. The purpose of these policies is to create safe and welcoming space for minors, elders and people with disabilities and those engaged in ministry with them.  As stated in the policies, congregations are required to adopt safe church policies for children and youth and for vulnerable adults.  The diocese is providing model policies for congregations' review and adoption.  

Questions may be directed to Martha Gardner, Missioner for Networking and Formation, at or 617-482-4826, ext. 403.