Safe Church Trainings
Two different Safe Church Trainings are conducted in the Diocese, Safeguarding God's Children and Sexual Misconduct Prevention. Different church leaders are required to take one or the other, or both. However, anyone in the Diocese is encouraged to take either or both of these Trainings.
Please contact Irina Martikainen with questions regarding Safe Church trainings.
Registering for Trainings
To find training dates and/or to register for a Safe Church training session, please visit the Events Around the Diocese page.
Background Checks Background checks are required on all church employees, as well as anyone, including volunteers, that works with children. Please work with either Oxford Documents or Praesidium to set up your account for conducting background checks. Please contact Irina Martikainen, Executive Assistant to the Bishop and Administrative Manager, with any questions regarding background checks.
Policies The Diocese of Hawai`i has instituted policies for the protection of its members, and others, from abuse or harassment. They were most recently updated in April 2011. Here are the links to the current Safe Church policies:
The Office of the Bishop maintains a record of those who have taken Safe Church trainings.
Renewing Safeguarding Certification via Online Training
The Diocese has signed up with Armatus Praesidium to offer an online version of Safeguarding God's Children. You must, however, complete an in-person training first, after which you will be enrolled in the online program. You may then use the online program to fulfill the requirement for annual recertification.
The online training program is available HERE. Please note that you will need your user name and password in order to log in. Please contact Irina Martikainen, Executive Assistant/ Administrative Manager, for your log-in information.
Sexual Misconduct Prevention
Teaches participants about sexual harassment of adults and other misconduct. It also teaches about appropriate boundaries and how to guard against sexual harassment.
Who needs to complete the Training?
Anyone in the Diocese is encouraged to take the workshop. However, Preventing Sexual Misconduct Training is required of:
What do you learn at the Training? The Training teaches about and how to guard against sexual harassment of adults and other misconduct. It also teaches about appropriate boundaries in general.
The Diocese uses the expertise of the Rev. Al Miles, through the auspices of Pacific Health Ministry. The Rev. Miles is the Chaplain at Queen's Hospital and is a nationally known figure in this area and in the area of preventing domestic violence.
When are the Trainings held? Trainings are conducted once a year on the islands of Maui, Kaua'i, and the Big Island and twice each year on O'ahu. Airfare to travel to another island to take the workshop is not covered by the diocesan budget (except for attendees from Molokai, whose airfare to O'ahu will be paid). For this reason, you are encouraged to make every effort to take the workshop when it comes to your island.
How often do I need to take the training? Currently, there is no requirement for renewal. Please check back here for future changes.
Do I receive a Letter of Completion? Yes. Once you complete a Training, your congregation or other institution (for example, a school) will be sent a certificate from the Office of the Bishop certifying that you completed the Training. Your signature on the sign-in sheet on the day of the training is required before the Office of the Bishop can certify that you completed the Training. **Please note: If you attend the Training, but do not sign the sign-in sheet, you will not be credited with having been present.