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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 provides in-person Safe Church Training. Trainings are offered at the diocesan offices in Manhattan during the fall on a weekday, and during the spring on a Saturday a location in the Mid-Hudson Region in the spring on a Saturday. 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.
PLEASE NOTE Safeguarding Online is not currently available,
but will be soon.
Safeguarding Online is a free web-based comprehensive training program (multi-module). 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 are sending a call for administrators to congregations by regional clericus according to the schedule below:
In the coming weeks more information and resources about Safeguarding Online will be made available here.
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