Safe Church Training


The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Safe Church Requirements


To be in compliance with Safe Church policy mandated by the Child Protective Services Law and General Convention[1], please follow these requirements:

All prospective and current adults working in a paid or unpaid capacity “who have direct contact with children or who are responsible for the welfare of a child” (under 18 years of age) must obtain both criminal background checks and child abuse clearances once every 5 years.[2] “Direct contact with Children” is defined in the Child Protective Services Law as “the care, supervision, guidance or control of children AND routine interaction with children”. [3]

All clergy, church employees and church volunteers are required to be cleared.[4]

The required clearances are

All adults requiring clearance must be trained in the Safe Church Policy.[5]

The Safe Church Training program in online, and is accessible through a Safe Church Training Administrator. Please call the Offices of the Diocese (215 627-6434) to schedule training in your parish. Training for Safe Church Parish Administrators will be in the Spring and the Fall, beginning in 2018.

The Child Protective Services Law, also, defines a Mandated Reporter[6] of suspected child abuse as:

  • Clergyperson, priest, rabbi, minister, Christian Science practitioner, religious healer or spiritual leader of any regularly established church or other religious organization;
  • An individual paid or unpaid; who, on the basis of the individual’s role as an integral part of a regularly scheduled program, activity or service, accepts responsibility for a child

Online training is available for Mandate Reporters at A $30 fee is required. Individuals may apply for reimbursement from Continuing Education. (See > Parishes > Grants).

Also, please find here current Social Media Guidelines issued by Province III.

(The Diocesan Safe Church Manual and the Diocesan Safe Church Training Program are being revamped, and will be re-introduced in early 2018.)



[2] 23 Pa.C.S. § 6344.4(1)(i)

[3] 23 Pa.C.S. § 6303.


[5] Ibid.

[6] See