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The Episcopal Diocese of New York is committed to keeping our churches
and ministries safe. Sexual misconduct on the part of any clergyperson, employee, or volunteer of any congregation, institution, organization, school or agency within the diocese violates the mission of the Church, is prohibited by law, and will not be tolerated.
Using the Safeguarding Training Series published by the Church Pension Fund, the diocese offers Safe Church Training concerning both children and adults, in both in-person and web-based training formats. These trainings teach participants to recognize the signs of sexual abuse and the behavior of sexual perpetrators, how to respond to those signs and behaviors when they are observed, and provides screening information to help stop abuse before
Establishing a requirement to attend these trainings as a condition of volunteering or employment is the responsibility of each parish or organization. It is highly recommended that a statement about attendance requirements be added to the written policies of each parish or organization, and then communicated to every volunteer or employee before they begin work or service.
Is led by an experienced facilitator and covers:
When are In-Person Safe Church Trainings offered?
Twice a year the diocese offers in-person Safe Church Training. Trainings are offered at the diocesan offices in Manhattan in the fall on a weekday. and in the spring on a Saturday at a church in the Mid-Hudson Region. Training dates and registration information will be listed here and advertised, on the calendar, and communicated directly to the Wardens and Clergy in charge of all parishes. Next scheduled training:
Will soon be shcedulded for this fall 2015, and will be held at the Diocesan Offices in Manhattan.
Safeguarding God's Children (Child)
9:30 am - 12:00 pm
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
Safeguarding God's People (Adult)
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Parish Sponsored In-Person Trainings
Facilitators are available to lead in-person trainings at churches/institutions covering both Safeguarding God's Children and Safeguarding God's People.
Things to keep in mind when considering offering an in-person Safe Church training:
For questions about offering in-person Safe Church trainings, or for the list of facilitators, contact Alito Orsini by E-mail.
PLEASE NOTE Safeguarding Online is not currently available. We anticipate it becoming available for users summer 2015 (June / July).
Safeguarding Online is a free web-based comprehensive multi-module training program. Click here to view list of courses that will be available.
Each congregation's participation is managed by a Safeguarding Online Administrator.
The first step in rolling out Safeguarding Online is to identify a Safeguarding Online Administrator for each parish in the diocese. This process has begun and we have sent a call for administrators to all congregations in the diocese.
In the coming weeks we will be following up with information so those who registered to be Safeguarding Online Administrators can begin providing Safeguarding Online training.
Questions about Safeguarding Online can be directed to Mr. Andrew Gary, Diocesan Safeguarding Online Manager, by phone: 212-932-7322, or
General questions about the Safe Church Training can be directed to Alito Orsini in the Transition Ministry Office. Phone: (212) 316-7414 E-mail