Safe Church Policies

The Diocese of California is in the process of updating Called to Right Relationship, our official policy on standards and behaviors to ensure that our congregations are safe places for all God's people. The policies below will be changed and the new ones will be posted by the end of 2018. 

For questions about the policy, procedures, and training and background checking services, please contact Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation, carenm@diocal.org, 415.869.7815.

 

Diocese of California Intake Officers:

If you wish to give information regarding an offense of a member of the clergy in this diocese, contact one of the Intake Officers listed below, or call the diocesan office at 415.673.5015:

The Rev. Canon Abbott Bailey, abbottb@diocal.org 
The Rev. Eric Metoyer, ericm@diocal.org 

 

Training and Background Check Requirements

Currently all adults who work with youth, keyholders, employees, vestries, and volunteers should complete a background check and training. For more specifics of who needs a background check and which online training courses, please see the table below:

an excel sheet specifying who needs to take which online training courses.

To participate in the online training and background check, fill out the online form found HERE.

For questions about the policy, procedures, and training and background checking services, please contact Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation, carenm@diocal.org, 415.869.7815.


In Person Training Dates

In person training takes about 2 hours and can be arranged by contacting Caren Miles, Associate for Faith Formation, carenm@diocal.org 

Sunday, October 14 - St. Mary the Virgin, San Francisco
Sunday, October 28 - St. John's, Ross

 


Called to Right Relationship Policies

Click accompanying thumbnails to download PDFs. 

In order to accommodate two-sided printing, there is a blank page after the title page in each PDF document.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Letter from the Bishop; Preface; Theological and Ethical Foundations; and Standards of Conduct for Clergy and Lay Leaders (20 pages)

SOCIAL NETWORKING / DIGITAL COMMUNICATION

Suggested Practices and Guidelines for Use of Social Networking and Other Forms of Digital Communication (9 pages)

POLICIES AND COMPLIANCE

Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth (15 pages)

 

Policy for the Protection of Elders and Dependent Adults (8 pages)

 

Compliance with Standards for Ministry with Minors and Dependent Adults (2 pages)

 

Policy Regarding Clergy Misconduct (10 pages)

FORMS

Confidential Notice of Concern (1 page)

 

Congregational Safe Church Self-Audit (for annual review; 2 pages)

 

Field Trip Permission and Permiso para Viaje de Estudio(1 page)

 

Image Release Form / Formulario de publicación de imágenes (1/2 page)
 

Incident Report (2 pages)


 

Medical and Image Release and Publicación Médica y de Imágen (1 page)

 

Volunteer Application (3 pages)

 

Volunteer Driver Information (1 page)