Covenant of Care/Safeguarding 2020 Training Update
See FAQ (below) if you are unsure about whether you need to be trained, what type of training it is and how it can be accomplished.
Who needs to complete safeguarding training?
All persons including clergy, religious, staff or volunteers who work in Eparchial ministries organizations, or affiliated organizations or parishes/parish organizations, who are in positions of trust. The Safeguarding policy p. 8-9 (https://www.skeparchy.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Eparchial-Safeguarding-Policy-Final-Version-06-October-01-2020.pdf) defines positions of trust as follows:
A ‘trust’ position will include those:
- working in an unsupervised setting where ministry, food, transportation or other necessities could be provided to minors and/or vulnerable adults,
- having access to confidential information, and/or
- being entrusted with control of keys, church property and money.
Trust positions also include, but are not limited to, Children’s or Youth Ministry (including all camps, volunteer driving, Altar Server or Children of Mary Programs, Children’s/Youth Choirs, Catechism and Sacramental Prep), and Eucharistic/Pastoral Care Ministry to the sick and shut ins.
What if I have already completed Covenant of Care Training previously?
If you are still involved in the same work or same type of work, in a position of ‘trust’ then you will need to complete this updated Covenant of Care training to retain your Covenant of Care certification status. This new training reflects changes to our Covenant of Care and provides valuable information on Child Sexual Abuse and the new Electronic Communication and Technology Policy.
How do I know if I need to have training in anything beyond the basic Covenant of Care?
You will need to take the Electronic Communication and Technology Policy Training if you use any type of electronic communication such as text, emails or other forms of social media in the course of your work or volunteer activity for the parish, eparchy or affiliate organization.
If you are a pastor, administrator, staff, Parish/District Coordinator of Care or supervisor of staff or volunteers you should also register for training in Safeguarding Policy Implementation and Receiving Reports.
What is the process for training?
Once you have sent in your registration form, you will receive links to take the required training online. Those links will be available to you for 30 days before they expire. Once they expire you may email Deborah Larmour for new links, as necessary, up to two times. When the training has been completed you will be required to complete quizzes for each of the training videos which have been taken. Completed quizzes are to be sent back Deborah Larmour at firstname.lastname@example.org for correction and feedback. The quizzes are not difficult and can be retaken if necessary to achieve an 85-90% grade. It is meant to be part of the educational process rather than to assess one’s ability to retain information. Thus, videos may be re-watched, or the policy may be consulted in answering questions.
It is recommended that persons doing the training have a copy of the policy to follow along with during the training:
Once quizzes are successfully complete a certification of training will be sent to the applicant and will be placed in either their Eparchial file or sent to their supervisor or Parish.
What if I decline to be trained?
Those who are or want to serve in a trust position, must sign a Covenant of Care Form, Appendix C. For that to be valid the person must take all required training updates. If one is not Covenant of Care Certified, then they are definitively prohibited from serving in a trust capacity.
When must training be complete?
All persons in trust positions must update their Safeguarding Policy/Covenant of Care Training 2020 by November 30, 2021.
Why is safeguarding training important?
Compliance with safeguarding measures undertaken by most businesses and organizations who serve the vulnerable. Our policy requires very standard compliance with safety measures to protect the vulnerable in our midst as well as those who serve the vulnerable. This initiative is also required by the Church from the Vatican, the Patriarch, the CCCB and other Bishop Conferences worldwide.
In order to comply with these standards of care we need to know what they are and why they are important—thus we need training.
What if I do not have the ability to complete this new online training?
Not a problem, arrangements can be made for group or in person training. Feel free to contact your Parish Priest or supervisor/leader of your organization for more information. Or contact Deborah Larmour at email@example.com