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.
Does your parish need to conduct background checks on lay employees or volunteers? The diocesan office assists parishes with these checks using the Oxford Document company, tailoring the background check to meet both diocesan guidelines and the particular needs of the parish. For more information contact Ms. Patty Jaffke, diocesan office coordinator, at (414) 272-3028/ext.156 or
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.
We have two upcoming in-person
- St. Paul's, Beloit (212 W. Grand Ave., Beloit, Wisconsin 53511)
- St. Thomas of Canterbury (7255 W. Grange Ave., Greendale, Wisconsin 53129)
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.
Safe Church Materials
Below is information taken from the Safe Church Manual:
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 registration is to 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 registration 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. Only people who have previously attended and completed a training in-person may register for the online Safeguarding God's Children 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 format we began keeping January 1, 2016, to show persons currently enrolled in our system for taking Live Training and Online Courses.
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.