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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