Safeguarding to Safe Church, Safe Communities
As previously announced by the General Convention's Task Force to Develop Model Anti-Sexual Harassment Policies & Safe Church Training, once the new Safe Church, Safe Communities training is complete the Safeguarding God's People training modules will be removed from use.
That time has come.
On May 31, 2022 "Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith for Ministries" and "Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith for Congregations" will be decommissioned and removed from Praesidium Academy's online catalogue. There are currently eight new courses active at Praesidium Academy, with the Safe Church, Safe Communities branding, that have been faithfully created through collaboration of Task Force Members, many Episcopalians across the church, and Praesidium's skilled curriculum development staff. The only way to access the training materials at this time is online through Praesidium Academy, the new online learning platform. All learners who had completed a course in Praesidium Armatus in the past four years were migrated to Praesidium Academy. Praesidium's support team is prepared to offer assistance for those diocesan administrators who are new to the position or have yet to update their account by contacting Support@Praesidiuminc.com
Spanish language translation and interpretation have begun, and conversations about resources for non-USA dioceses are being scheduled. Other language translations are being considered through the General Convention legislative process. Please be in touch with your needs.
Prevention of Sexual Harrasment
The two courses currently in Praesidium Academy titled "Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment for Managers & Supervisors" and "Safeguarding God’s People: Preventing Sexual Harassment for Workers" will remain available through July 31, 2022. The new Safe Church, Safe Communities Anti-harassment course will be released and uploaded to Academy soon and will be subject to revision pending legislation currently moving through the General Convention legislative committee process.
Please check out the Safe Church, Safe Communities webpage for details and more information on Model Policies, Course Recommendations, and Frequently Asked Questions. The page is updated monthly at a minimum.