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About Safe Church

The Episcopal Church is deeply committed to fostering communities and congregations that are safe spaces for all children and adults to fully worship and minister, free of any kind of harassment, bullying, abuse, or exploitation.

To that end, the Episcopal Church has adopted model policies for safe church procedures and training. You can read about the development of these policies HERE. The Episcopal Church of New Hampshire has adopted the Model Policies of the Episcopal Church and all congregations in the diocese should adopt these policies as their own in 2019.

The Model Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth is here.

The Model Policy for the Protection of Vulnerable Adults is here.

An FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) document, located here, helps to understand the complex issues of Safe Church Policies and addresses fundamental questions such as: What are they? Why are they needed? What’s in them for me? Is there training to support the Model Policies?

In accordance with these policies, there are three basic requirements for church employees, volunteers working with youth, home visitors and church leaders: background checks; written application, interview and references for certain ministry positions; and safe church training. Canon Tina Pickering is the Safe Church Officer for the Episcopal Church of New Hampshire, with any questions.

PLEASE NOTE: New Hampshire law (RSA 169-C, the Child Protection Act) mandates that any person who has reason to suspect that a child under the age of 18 has been abused or neglected must make a report to the Division of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), Child Protective Services at 1-800-894-5533 or 603-271-6562, intake lines are staffed 24 hours a day. If it is an emergency, call 911.  For more information go to the Division for Children, Youth and Families website HERE.  

In-Person Training Dates and Locations:

There are NO in-person trainings scheduled at this time. 

Online Training:

The SafeGuarding Online program is sponsored by Church Pension Group in partnership with Praesidium and can be found at To login click here:

Each congregation has a safe church minister who can provide trainees with a unique ID and password they will need to access the program.  Because the program uses video clips, broadband Internet access is essential.  Completion of online training is required in order to attend the required in-person training session. You may register for the class yourself, or through your Safe Church Minister. 

PLEASE CLICK HERE for a full description of safe church training requirements.

Safe Church Minister Tools and Resources 

Safe Church Trainer Tools and Resources