The Safe Gatherings abuse prevention, background screening and training program has been underway in the California-Pacific Conference for approximately two years. For the first year of the program, both the cost of the background check ($23 per person) and the administrative costs ($20 per person) were fully subsidized, thanks to a generous grant from Hub International. When those funds were exhausted, the Conference continued to subsidize the cost of administration using apportioned funds, but the cost of the background check reverted to the church or other salary-paying unit or agency.
Beginning July 1, 2017, the conference will no longer be able to subsidize the administrative cost. The full $43 will be charged to the church, salary-paying unit or agency for Safe Gatherings background checks and training initiated on or after July 1, 2017.
As a reminder, here is a breakdown of what is included in the costs:
The $20 covers:
The $23 covers:
Important Note Regarding Volunteer Certification:
Safe Gatherings certification for volunteers is transferrable from one Conference entity to another, provided the volunteer is within the three-year certification period. In other words, if a volunteer has been certified under one Conference entity and volunteers for another Conference entity within three years of the original certification date, completion can be verified within the Safe Gatherings system. The volunteer does not need to go through Safe Gatherings again until their three-year certification has expired.
Safe Gatherings Billing Process Effective July 1, 2017
For questions or further information, please contact:
Director of Human Resources
Safe Gatherings is an online abuse prevention program that screens and educates staff and volunteers to help prevent abuse of children, youth, and vulnerable adults in group settings. When employees and volunteers are trained to identify potential abusers, recognize the signs of abuse, and know how to handle reporting, they are better equipped to prevent abuse.
The California-Pacific Conference and our congregations utilize Safe Gatherings to enable our churches, camps, clergy, staff, and affiliated groups to meet their screening and training responsibilities for those who work with children, youth, and vulnerable adults.
Staff and volunteers who serve in ministry to these groups complete the approval process every 3 years to maintain their approval status. Individuals who complete an application, background check, and the online training may be approved and authorized to work with those groups in any church-related setting.
Screening includes obtaining background checks and professional references. The training is comprehensive and customized for our organization. Applicants may complete the online training modules at their own pace. The training typically takes about 1.5 hours to complete.
References: The approval process requires one professional and one clergy reference to assist in qualifying all applicants. Reference requests are submitted and received electronically.
Training: Training may be completed online once the application has been completed and payment has been made. After successful completion of the training course, it will continue to be available for review.
Approval: Upon satisfactory completion of all components of the Safe Gatherings process, applicants and their account administrator will be notified by email. Approval is valid for 3 years.
For setting up or accessing account, contact firstname.lastname@example.org // (888) 241-8258
For all other questions, Jan Hanson (email@example.com // (626) 568-7317), Director of Human Resources
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