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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.

Safeguarding God's Children Training

Safeguarding God's Children 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. All employees or volunteers who work with children or youth at diocesan churches, schools, ministries, and institutions are required to:

  1. view the assigned online Safeguarding God's Children videos (minimum of three)
  2. pass the test at the end of each video
  3. attend a one-hour presentation of the diocesan Safeguarding God's Children Handbook, via Zoom

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.

Safeguarding God's People Course

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.

Resources

Safeguarding God's Children

New Employee & Volunteer Forms

Safeguarding God's People

Contact

Email safeguard@dwtx.org with questions about Safeguarding God's Children/People requirements, to request access to the online trainings, or to request certificate of completion. Records of certifications are maintained by the diocesan offices at the Bishop Jones Center.

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