Safe Church

The Diocese of Olympia takes its responsibility for the safety of our people seriously. The Safe Church program teaches how to identify and prevent abuse within the church community, and is conducted several times per year, free of charge. The training consists of two sessions: Safeguarding God’s Children and Safeguarding God’s People.

Safeguarding God’s Children and People is required for all canonically resident and licensed clergy.

Safeguarding God’s Children is required for non-clergy who have a key to the church facility, vestry and bishop committee members, church staff, and anyone who works with children in any capacity. Safeguarding God’s People is required for non-clergy who have a key to the church facility, vestry and bishop committee members, church staff, and eucharistic visitors.

The renewal training for Safeguarding God’s Children and for Safeguarding God’s People MAY be taken online if the original training was done after 2009.

If this is a first time training for either program, it is recommended that the training is taken in person. If one is not able to attend an in-person training (upcoming trainings are listed below), it will be possible to take this online but there will be a secondary training component added to this for compliance purposes.

Any other interested parishioners are encouraged to participate in training sessions. Certificates are valid for five years and then a renewal is required.

  • To find out when your Safeguarding certification(s) expire, you may contact the front desk of the Office of the Bishop at 206-325-4200 or You may also check your record by logging in to the diocesan directory and selecting "view dashboard."
  • To request online access to either or both of the trainings, please fill out this form.

For any questions or concerns, please contact

Upcoming Trainings

Background checks are required for paid employees and those who work regularly with youth or children at congregations.

Please use THIS FORM to request to have an Intellicorp background check performed by the Office of the Bishop for your congregation. Please note that only the Rector/Vicar/Priest-in-Charge, Adminstrator, or Sr. Warden may initiate the request. Each background check typically costs between $17-$21.

Issued January 2, 2019

A printable PDF version of Bishop Rickel's Pastoral Letter on the Suspension of the Statute of Limitations for Clergy Sexual Misconduct. The letter can be accessed in English and Spanish.