Safe Church Training
UPDATED Diocese of Maine Safe Church Policy
Diocese of Maine Online Safe Church Training
One of the important responsibilities we share is to keep each other safe--especially the youngest and most vulnerable among us. That is why for many years, The Diocese of Maine has required that people who work with children or with shut-ins have training in “Safe Church” practices: how to maintain appropriate boundaries, and what the danger signs are when someone might be transgressing those boundaries.
Safe Church training is available to all Maine Episcopalians, and we hope that these convenient, online formats mean that many people will be able to learn how to help keep everyone safe. While it is available for all, current Safe Church Training certification through the Safeguarding Online program and the State of Maine's Mandated Reporting Online training is required of all clergy, paid church staff, regular pastoral visitors, and adults who regularly supervise children or youth outside the Sunday School setting. If you haven't been trained in the last four years, please re-do it.
How to find out the last date on which someone completed Safe Church Training
History of Safe Church Training completion is maintained in parish records. The first place to check is with your church office.
Parishioners who believe they've completed online training but for whom the church doesn't have a certificate on file, can login at www.safeguardingonline.org
. If it's been too long, click on "Forgot password" on the login page and follow the instructions. Once logged-in, scroll down through The Rev. Cn. Ambler's letter and click on "View Certificate" (orange box with white letters) located above the list of modules in the center of the page. Click here to see a list of courses you've begun or were assigned, whether or not you've completed the course, and the completion date.
Anyone who has completed online training is instructed to print two copies of their certificates from both "Part A" which is Safeguarding Online and "Part B" with is State of Maine; one copy is for the congregation, one is for their own records. Note that the certificate for the Safeguarding Online portion will always be printable when a user logs in. The State of Maine, however, requires that you print your Mandated Reporting Training Certificate at the time of completion.
PART A: How to enroll in the Safeguarding Online system, complete this part of the training and submit your certificate
1. Enroll (only complete this step once!)
b. Enter the registration code: diome207
c. Fill out the form and click the link to enroll.
d. Print the page or write down your user login and password for future reference.
e. If you want to begin training immediately, click the first link shown. To log in later, follow the instructions under "To get started" below. (Note: you do not need to complete all the modules at once. Just remember your login and password to log back in anytime.)
3. "I've already enrolled. I'd like to start taking courses or I've already taken courses and would like to take another. What's the next step?"
b. Click the link at the bottom of the page
c. Enter your user login and password (If you have forgotten your password, please do NOT enroll again. Follow the instructions below in the "Troubleshooting" section.)
d. Click on the title of the course to begin. See the next session to learn which courses/modules you are required to take.
3. Choose your FOUR “modules” (courses)
***IMPORTANT: You do not need to complete all of the available courses!***
a. Everyone will start with the same two foundational modules:
“I am Sam”
“It Happened to Me.”
b. Then choose one of the following modules:
"Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation for Ministry"
(recommended for clergy and regular pastoral visitors)
"Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation for Congregations"
(recommended for everyone else)
c. Finally, choose one elective. Use your own judgment to decide which among the additional modules is most relevant to your ministry. If more than one seems helpful, it’s fine to do more than just the one required elective.
The electives are:
-"Keeping Your Camp Safe" (required of adults working on diocesan youth events)
-"Abuse Risk Management for Occasional Volunteers"
-"Preventing Elder Abuse"
-"Keeping Your Church Safe"
4. After you have completed FOUR modules, please PRINT two copies of your certificate of completion. Keep one, and give the other to your priest or senior warden (in absence of a priest) for the congregational record. The certificate should show four completed courses. To do this from home screen that lists all of the modules/courses, click on "View Certificate" button (which is located below the instructional text and above the list of courses) and choose the "Print Certificate" option. This last step is easy to do, but also easy to overlook—please don’t skip it!
PART B: How to complete State of Maine Mandating Reporting Training online and submit your certificate
In addition to the four modules of Safe Church Training certification through the Safeguarding Online program (instructions above), the diocese required that all clergy, paid church staff, regular pastoral visitors, and adults who regularly supervise children or youth outside the Sunday School setting, are aware of the State of Maine Reporting Law
and complete Maine's Mandated Reporting Online training.
1. Click here to begin Mandated Reporting Training
. The pdf is in slideshow format so that you can easily click through the pages. It is not desgined to be used on a smartphone or tablet.
2. At the conclusion of the slideshow above, you will be asked to take a quiz and print your certificate.
~ If you lose your Safeguarding Online password, please visit www.SafeguardingOnline.org
. Select "Click here to login and begin using Safeguarding Online" at the bottom of the page. This will take you to the login screen, click on "Forgot Password". You will be prompted to enter the email address used in your initial enrollment.
The system supports up-to-date versions of the following browsers:
Internet Explorer 11
~ Are you having trouble figuring out how to print your certificate from Safeguarding Online? From the home screen that list all of the modules/courses, click on "View Certificate" which is located below the instructional text and above the list of courses. It is an orange button with white letters. Select the "Print certificate" option. You will want to send one to your church and keep one for your records. You can print this at any time. If you forget to do it initially, just log back in.
~ Safe Church Training records are maintained by the office of the church you belonged to at the time of completion. If you're unsure if you need to take the courses again, please check with your church office.
I hope this system is easy and the programs are useful. The point of it all, of course, is that as followers of Christ, we owe one another a duty of care means we need to not only wish each other well, but actively look out for one another.
"Love one another, as I have loved you," says Jesus. The materials you've just reviewed should help inform your attention to those around you, and help give you confidence and courage to respond effectively if you notice something amiss.
The Rev. Cn. Michael Ambler
Canon to the Ordinary