The Safe Church program provides training to help ensure our churches are places of safety from the harm of misconduct that can occur in situations when there is an imbalance of power. It involves both clergy and lay volunteers (e.g. wardens, treasurers, youth-workers, musicians, and Sunday school teachers.)
Criminal record checks are a requirement in the Diocese of British Columbia for clergy and lay volunteers. We accept certified copies of CRCs from other organizations. Need a criminal record check? To apply online contact your parish Safe Church liason.
Safe Church training is designed to:
- Ensure our parishes are places of safety and wholeness for those who come to us seeking the love of Christ.
- Ensure all of our volunteers and employees are aware of their own personal safety and are equipped to manage their own personal risk.
Topic specific training is also available including, but not limited to:
- child sexual abuse
- elder abuse
- risk management
Who is this training for?
- parish council members
- paid staff (including clergy)
- choir director
- envelope secretary
- children and youth workers
- honourary assistants
- pastoral visitors
- refugee volunteers (speak to parish Safe Church liaison about special training)
- treasurer and all others who handle money
- volunteer staff including admin, grounds and janitorial
Volunteers and employees with current police/criminal record checks who have participated in Safe Church training follow the diocesan Safe Church policy. Re-certification and a new criminal record check are required every five years (beginning 2017). Those with pre-2017 training must re-certify after three years and will be subject to the five-year period going forward, e.g. if training last occurred in 2015, re-certification would take place in 2018 and then every five years after that.
Parishes are required to comply with Safe Church and to report to the synod annually on their Safe Church progam. The Safe Church compliance form can be found on the Forms page of our website.
To download a copy of the Diocese of British Columbia Sexual Misconduct Policy: click here. To report an allegation to the canon pastor of the diocese email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the role of the canon pastor click here.