Parishes MUST comply with Safe Church, and
report to the synod annually.
The Safe Church Compliance form is found 

Safe Church Training

  • Via 'The Praesidium Academy' training platform    HERE

    - used by the dioceses within the Ecclesiastical Province of BC & the Yukon.

  • Criminal record checks:

  • required in the Diocese of British Columbia for
    clergy and lay volunteers.

      • Certified copies of CRCs from other organizations are accepted.

Safe Church Training Designed to:

  • Ensure parishes remain places of safety, and wholeness,
    for all seeking the love of Christ;  
  • Ensure all volunteers and employees are
    aware of their own personal safety;

  • Ensure all volunteers and employees are
    equipped to manage their own personal risk.


  • is modular

  • includes topics such as:

  • recognizing, preventing child or elder abuse;

      • preventing bullying and harassment;

      • utilizing social media safely;

      • managing risk to self and others; 

      • preventing sexual misconduct.

Training Required by  

  • clergy and paid parish staff;

  • parish council members;

  • wardens;

  • choir director and/or organist;

  • treasurer, envelope secretary, and others handling money;

  • children and youth workers, camp leaders and volunteers;

  • honorary assistants;

  • pastoral visitors;

  • refugee volunteers;

  • volunteer staff including admin, grounds, and janitorial. 


  • CST Certification   &    Criminal Record Checks


Reporting Issues

  • To report a sexual misconduct allegation,

  • IMMEDIATELY contact the Canon Pastor,

        • HERE         ( 


  • Other Safe Church Matters

      • inappropriate behaviour;

      • bullying, harassment;

      • power inequities

  • Report as follows:

      • Parish Incumbent (or priest-in-charge) 

  • If s/he cannot address the issue,

  • If s/he cannot address the issue,

Other Incidents

      • suspected child abuse;

        • or elder abuse;

        • immediate threats to someone’s personal safety;

        • sexual assault;

  • CONTACT the Police   911

For all questions relating to Safe Church training,