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The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas is committed to maintaining an environment in its churches, schools, and institutions that is free of abuse of children and youth and of sexual exploitation and harassment of adults. It is a commitment the diocese requires all ministers of the Church, lay and ordained, to make and uphold.

Safeguarding God's Children (SGC)* is an in-depth educational and training program for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse in everyday life and in ministry. In order to increase awareness of this abuse and how perpetrators of sexual abuse can gain access to and groom children and youth, this training is required for all church and school personnel or volunteers who work with or around minors, to protect our children and youth from sexual abuse.

Certificates are valid for five (5) years, and then volunteers or staff must take the course again. All Camps & Conferences staff and volunteers at Camp Capers, Duncan Park, and Mustang Island Conference Center must take SGC annually, in addition to submitting an annual Background Check, per accreditation requirements of the American Camp Association.

Contact Caroline Mowen with questions about Safeguarding God's Children requirements, trainings, and additional curriculum materials. Records of certificates are maintained by the diocesan offices at the Bishop Jones Center.

Upcoming Courses

Open the Safeguarding tag on dwtx.org/events to view upcoming Safeguarding God's Children Policy Update sessions and other trainings.

Safeguarding God's Children Policy Update

Safeguarding God's Children Policy Update sessions will introduce the new procedures for online Safeguarding as well as new diocesan policies and updated Handbook. All churches, Episcopal Schools, and other diocesan institutions are encouraged to register at least one person (a priest, Head of School, trainer, other leadership) to attend a Policy Update course. Individuals will need to have access to a computer with a camera or smartphone to participate in these free, two-hours sessions.

Safeguarding Online

Safeguarding Online, produced through CPG and Praesidium, Inc., is available for all individuals who work or volunteer with children and youth in the Diocese of West Texas, including church, school, and ministry employees, volunteers, and leadership.  

Any person who will need to take a Safeguarding God's Children class in order to work or volunteer with children and youth in the diocese will be required to

  • complete three online Safeguarding God's Children modules,
  • pass the test included at the end of each one, and
  • attend a one-hour presentation via Zoom that will cover the newly updated diocesan Handbook.

Safeguarding God's People

Safeguarding God's People raises awareness to the problems and causes of sexual exploitation and sexual harassment in the Church and teaches ways to prevent sexual exploitation and sexual harassment in our diocesan workplaces and ministries.

Train the Trainer

Train the Trainer prepares and certifies church and school staff members to teach Safeguarding God's Children. The course is offered once in the spring and once in the fall at the Bishop Jones Center. Certification is valid for three (3) years at a time.

Resources

Trainer Resources

*Safeguarding God's Children, and other related training programs, were created by the Church Pension Group (CPG) in association with Praesidium, Inc. in response to General Convention Resolution B008, Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse, which mandates training in sexual abuse prevention.

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