Safeguarding God’s Children and All People

Safeguarding God’s Children & Safeguarding God’s People
in the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA

What is it?
The Safeguarding God’s Children & Safeguarding God’s People courses teach how exploitation and harassment occur, and the awareness we need to prevent such occurrences. It also teaches us how to respond, should an incident of exploitation or harassment occur.

From Bishop Scanlan, “The Episcopal Church has developed “Safeguarding” programs to equip us to care for those among us who are more vulnerable.  Children and the Aged are especially vulnerable and we are charged to care for them in ways that protect them from neglect, exploitation, abuse, and harm.”

Safeguarding God’s Children is a training program for the prevention of sexual abuse of children and youth. Safeguarding God’s People is a training program for the prevention of sexual abuse of adults.

All volunteers and employees in the Episcopal Diocese of Central PA are responsible for following the Safe Church policies and procedures manual of the Diocese of Central PA as well as abiding by the new PA child protection laws.

There are two Safeguarding Programs offered in the Diocese of Central PA

  • Safeguarding God’s Children
  • Safeguarding God’s People – Preventing sexual exploitation in communities of faith
    • Both can be accessed by clicking here.
    • Request password from Deacon Brenda Taylor, bmtaylor@att.net or your parish Safeguarding Coordinator.

For more information, please contact The Rev. Robyn Szoke-Coolidge, rszoke@diocesecpa.org or (717) 236-5959 x1112.