Safeguarding God's People

Safeguarding God's People Logo - logo for the Safeguarding...The Diocese of Milwaukee is committed to fostering communities in which its members and guests can explore their faith, exercise their ministries, and live out their vocations in safe and healthy settings. We are committed to keeping everyone safe, particularly our children and youth. 

Our Diocesan policy regarding misconduct prevention and best practices is available. The policy includes our policy for best practices for Guidelines of Using Social Media and updated forms for Background Checks on church employees (both paid and volunteers).


Links to all Safe Church Materials and Class Registrations are found at bottom of this page.

Background Checks

Does your parish need to conduct background checks on paid employees or volunteers? Parishes may currently use IntelliCorp or Oxford Document to complete these checks. Parishes may contact IntelliCorp for discount pricing for background checks and more. For more information for IntelliCorp click here.

Safeguarding God's Children Training

First Time attendees to a Safeguarding God's Children (SGC) Training please plan to attend a Saturday Class with a trainer. Classes are offered in spring and fall regionally. Your parish may also set up a day/time to host a class. If you have questions, please email Deacon Terry Garner

Re-Certification is required every five years. Re-Certification of SGC certificates may be completed online for lay and clergy. Our diocese uses the program created by Church Pension Group that helps in the education and training for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse in everyday life and in ministry. It is geared to clergy, parents, youth workers, vestry members, congregation members who are responsible for protecting children, employees of churches and church organizations, and volunteers responsible for planning, implementing or supervising ministries, activities or programs for children and youth. The training provides a basic understanding of the dynamics of child sexual abuse, how to recognize signs that a child may have been abused, and what to do if you have concerns about a person's behavior toward a child or youth, or if you suspect that a child or youth has been molested. It also guides you through steps you can take to prevent child sexual abuse in church and other organizational settings.

Safeguarding God's People Online Training

Safeguarding God’s People is a program put out by Church Pension Group that helps in the education and training for preventing and responding to sexual harassment and exploitation in the church and ministries. It is geared to clergy, church staff, vestry members, congregation members who are responsible for ministries with adults.

The training provides a basic understanding of the dynamics of harassment and exploitation, how to recognize signs that an adult may have been abused, and what to do if you have concerns about a person's behavior toward another adult.

A Day at Day Camp Online Training

This is another program put out by Church Pension Group that helps in the education and training for preventing and responding to child abuse in the church and camping ministries.

A Day at Day Camp is geared for Vacation Bible School staff, adults and youth. The diocese asks that all parishes require their VBS staff to complete this online training prior to beginning a VBS program at your parish. The link to register for this is below.

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Safe Church Materials

Safe Church Manual

Quick Background Check Requirements Reference Guide

Appendix A   Computer Use and Social Media Guidelines
                   Media Use Consent Form

Appendix B   Screening Interview, Background Check Procedures, Application and References Forms

Appendix C   Authorization to Conduct a Criminal Records Check

Appendix D   Using CCAP and Milwaukee Municipal Court Internet Search Engines

Appendix E   Deviation from Best Practices Form for Use in a Parish

Appendix F   Safe Church Survey in Parish

Appendix G   Ministry Description for the Position of Safe Church Minister in a Parish

Appendix H   Resources on Mandated Reporting

Register for Classes

Safeguarding God's Children Class with Certified Trainer Registration
This is attend a four hour class with two of our diocesan trainers―required for all first time attendees.

Safeguarding God's Children & People Online Training Registration
This is to complete all training offered through our online courses, including all requirements for Safeguarding God's Children, Safeguarding God's People, Duty to Report Mandated Reporting, VBS Camps, and Camp Webb required training.

You may print your own certificates when you complete all the online required courses.

Master List of Persons by Parish―begins Jan. 1, 2016
This is the new format we began keeping January 1, 2016 to show persons currently enrolled in our system for taking Live Training and Online Courses

SGP and SGC Master List of Persons Certified for Completing Training 2003–2015
When viewing this Master List, notice at bottom of Excel page the different sheets. Please select the SHEET for the years about which you are inquiring. Each sheet contains a set of years. We do not have records online prior to 2003. This Master List is complete with no new additions after 2015.