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Abuse Prevention - Safe Church

ONLINE PREVENTION COURSES
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Department of Corrections, Sex Offender Registry, state.wi.us, (800) 398-2403

Department of Justice Wisconsin Online Record Check System, wi-recordcheck.org, (608) 266-9398

Circuit Court Access, wcca.wicourts.gov
DOJ Background Check Information, doj.state.wi.us
Department of Motor Vehicles Records Request, dot.wisconsin.gov

The policy of the Diocese of Fond du Lac is that Child Abuse and Sexual Misconduct by a Church Worker shall not be tolerated. The diocese shall employ procedures to implement this policy that:

  1. attempt to prevent the occurrence of Child Abuse and Sexual Misconduct in Church Settings
  2. educate Church Workers to raise awareness of issues surrounding Child Abuse and Sexual Misconduct through materials, workshops and other means; and
  3. respond appropriately to alleged incidents of Child Abuse and Sexual Misconduct.
Download Policy and Procedure Manual of the Diocese of Fond du Lac for the Prevention of Abuse in Church Settings
Download Safe Church News August 2016

Online prevention courses, Safeguarding OnlineTM, cover preventing child abuse and preventing sexual harassment or sexual exploitation in the church setting. All church leaders are encouraged to complete these courses. Clergy, lay employees, and certain volunteers (especially those who work with children and youth) are required to complete certain courses. Enroll with the link above. If additional direction is necessary, please contact the Diocesan Office at (920) 830-8866.


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Descriptions of Online Courses

  • Meet Sam
    Sam molests children and in this module he tells you how he gets away with it. You learn the types of molesters and the methods they use to manipulate their coworkers, parents, and children-all to meet their own needs. You also learn how to spot interactions between adults and children that may indicate danger.
  • It Happened to Me
    Temper outbursts. Failing grades. Depression. Suicide. These are just a few of the effects of sexual abuse. In this module, you hear children and adults describe the devastating effects abuse had on their lives. You learn about the prevalence of abuse and specific characteristics that may put some children at higher risk of abuse.
  • Preventing Sexual Activity Between Young Children
    Recent statistics indicate that incidents of sexual activity between young children in child care and other programs have increased dramatically. Learn how to determine if these actions are normal sexual curiosity, how to prevent them from occurring, and how to respond if they occur.
  • Abuse Risk Management for Volunteers
    This module shows volunteers how molesters operate, the devastating effects of abuse, and the specific steps volunteers can take to prevent abuse and false allegations of abuse.
  • Keeping Your Church Safe
    God has entrusted you with something precious to Him - His children. Designed with the special needs of churches in mind, in Keeping Your Church Safe you will learn five specific ways your actions can keep children safe, the importance of keeping a watchful eye, what to do in the case of suspicious situations, and how to respond to inappropriate behavior. This course is a vital asset to your church ministries as it includes information about how molesters operate and provides helpful guidelines for screening applicants and keeping children safe throughout your church.
  • Your Policies
    You must know your organization policies relevant to the prevention of abuse. To complete the module, you must indicate on-line that you have read, understood, and agree to comply with the policies.
  • Abuse Prevention Refresher
    Welcome back! Your prior training and on-the-job experience has given you a great foundation for preventing child sexual abuse. In Advanced Abuse Prevention you'll build on this knowledge and learn new information about: 1. How sexual abuse occurs in organizations. 2. How to use red flags to keep kids safe. 3. How to prevent false allegations of abuse. 4. How to prevent sexual activity between children. 5. How to apply what you know!
  • Duty To Report Mandated Reporter
    Adults have a moral responsibility--and in many cases a legal responsibility-- to report suspected child abuse or neglect. In this course you will learn: Why reporting suspected abuse and neglect is critical. What your legal responsibilities are to report suspected abuse and neglect. What types of conduct must be reported. How to report suspected abuse and neglect. How to respond if a child discloses abuse or neglect to you.
  • Keeping Your Camp Safe
    Camping can be a wonderful experience for kids. They make new friends, learn new skills, and increase their self-confidence. But not if they are abused at camp by a counselor or by another peer. This module shows you where and when abuse is most likely to happen in a camp setting and steps you can take to keep kids at camp safe.
  • A Day at Day Camp
    Day camp can be a wonderful experience for kids. They make new friends, learn new skills, and increase their self-confidence. But not if they are abused at camp by a counselor or by another peer. This module shows you where and when abuse is most likely to happen in a day camp setting and steps you can take to keep kids at day camp safe.
  • Safeguarding God's People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith - for Ministries
    This course contains many video clips. A high speed Internet connection is required. You will experience long delays without high speed Internet access. In this course you will learn: - How sexual exploitation happens - How to maintain a healthy ministry - How to respond to sexual exploitation
  • Safeguarding God's People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith - for Congregations
    This course contains many video clips. A high speed Internet connection is required. You will experience long delays without high speed Internet access. In this course you will learn: - The definition of, and facts about, sexual exploitation - The effects of sexual exploitation - Facts about power in pastoral relationships - How sexual exploitation happens - How to prevent sexual exploitation - How to respond to sexual exploitation
  • Safeguarding God's People: Preventing Sexual Harassment for Workers
    This provides training for employees, volunteers, clergy, managers, supervisors, and church leaders about Sexual Harassment. In this course, you will learn: The definition of Sexual Harassment under the Law. The types of Sexual Harassment. Men and Women's Perspective on Sexual Harassment. Ways to prevent Sexual Harassment. How to respond to Sexual Harassment if it occurs.
  • Safeguarding God's People: Preventing Sexual Harassment for Managers & Supervisors
    This training provides specific additional information for clergy, managers, supervisors, and church leaders on Sexual Harassment. Both courses will need to be completed by specific groups mentioned. In this course you will learn: The definition of Sexual Harassment under the Law. Scope of the problem. The types of Sexual Harassment. Men and Women's Perspective on Sexual Harassment. Defending against Sexual Harassment. Prevention of Sexual Harassment

Child Abuse Prevention Courses

Courses designed for those who work with children and youth in the church setting.

SET A: [2 courses] Persons who completed child abuse prevention courses more than three years ago. May also need a SET C course.
• Abuse Prevention Refresher • Your Policies

SET B: Persons who have NOT taken child abuse prevention courses. May also need a SET C course.

B1–[2 courses] Volunteers working occasionally with children or youth, under the supervision of others (for example, Sunday School teachers or nursery volunteers working only every few months, parents assisting with a youth group overnight event)
• Abuse Risk Management for Occasional Volunteers • Your Policies

B2–[5 courses] Volunteers working regularly with children or youth (for example, Sunday School director, regularly scheduled nursery workers, youth group volunteers, summer camp staff).
• Meet Sam • It Happened to Me • Preventing Sexual Activity Between Young Children • Keeping Your Church Safe • Your Policies

B3–[6 courses] All clergy and lay employees.
• Meet Sam• It Happened to Me• Preventing Sexual Activity Between Young Children• Keeping Your Church Safe • Duty To Report Mandated Reporter• Your Policies

SET C: [In addition to SET A or SET B]. Clergy, lay employees and volunteers working with children or youth in a special setting.

C1–[1 course] Those working at the diocesan summer camp
• Keeping Your Camp Safe (residential camp)

C2–[1 course] Those working at a day long or multi-day activity (e.g. Vacation Bible School)
• A Day at Camp (day camp, not residential camp)


Adult Misconduct Prevention Courses

These courses are designed for those who work with adults in a church setting.

SET D: [3 courses] Clergy, lay employees and volunteers holding a church leadership position (for example, wardens, vestry members, Executive Council members). May also need a course in SET E.
• Safeguarding God's People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith-for Congregations • Safeguarding God's People: Preventing Sexual Harassment for Workers • Your Policies (note: if you’ve completed previously, you will not need to complete it again)

SET E: [In addition to SET C]. Clergy, lay employees and volunteers working with adults in a special setting.

E1–[1 course] Those working regularly in a specialized ministry (e.g. feeding program).
• Safeguarding God's People: Preventing Sexual Exploitation in Communities of Faith-for Ministries

E2–[1 course] For clergy and lay employees with supervisory duties of other church workers. [1 course]
• Safeguarding God's People: Preventing Sexual Harassment for Managers & Supervisors

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