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 is possible to take this online with the submission of a couple of survey questions added 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.

For any questions or concerns, please contact safechurch@ecww.org.

Safeguarding Online

For instructions to complete the trainings online, please go here.

Upcoming In-Person Trainings

Background checks are required for paid employees and those who work regularly with youth or children at congregations. An updated background check should be conducted every five years.

Please use THIS FORM to have an Intellicorp background check performed on paid employees and those who work regularly with youth or children at your congregation.

List of Diocesan and Community Resources in support of the Policy for the Protection of Children & Youth.

Categories: Safe Church

List of Diocesan and Community Resources in support of the Policy for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults.

Categories: Safe Church

The Model Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth, as approved by the Task Force to Update Sexual Misconduct Policies in accordance with resolutions of the 2015 General Convention, adopted at the 2018 Annual Diocesan Convention. 

Categories: Safe Church

The Model Policy for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults, as approved by the Task Force to Update Sexual Misconduct Policies in accordance with resolutions of the 2015 General Convention, adopted at the 2018 Diocesan Convention. 

Categories: Safe Church

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.