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Safe Conduct Workbench

"Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct." (1 Peter 1:15)
Welcome to the SafeConduct™ Workbench. Here we provide tools to help you develop and participate in your ministry’s abuse prevention program. These include access to services and other reference materials. Services are available to all United Church of Christ, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Presbyterian Church (USA) churches, related entities, and camps.

Getting Started:  If you have a policy now, we recommend you begin with a Self Assessment to identify additional needs.  If you are just beginning or need to reinforce your policy, use the SafeConduct Policy Template. The training and background checking services we provide are only part of a strong abuse prevention program.

Why SafeConduct™
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Policy Template A complete abuse prevention policy template is provided. This Word document template will save you many, many hours of debate and drafting. It includes guidance and essential content missing from many policies. 
Self Assessment If you have a written policy now, here is a FREE self assessment tool.  On line. Interactive. A private space to evaluate your church's abuse prevention policies and to plan improvements. To get started, see the SELF-ASSESSMENT USER GUIDE under Policy Resources, below.
Administrator Guide To access training and background checking services, you must appoint an Administrator. See pricing information for background checking. Read the details at the link to the left.
Begin Training Training is free!  Armatus training for staff and volunteers begins here. Login ID and Password are required.  See the ADMINISTRATOR GUIDE, above for account set up.  Also see Training Implementation under Policy Resources, below.
Begin Checking Administrators may begin conducting background checks from this space. Login ID and Password are required.  See the ADMINISTRATOR GUIDE, above. 

Training (Armatus) Course Outline

Steps to take training:

  1. Complete Administrator Guide and fax to Mary Lammermeier at 216.736.3239
  2. Mary will review, approve and then forward to Praesidium
  3. Praesidium will email you your login information
  4. Once you receive your login information, you may begin your training.
          The following FREE courses are available:

Preventing Bullying: Learn what is bullying, why it's a problem, the different types of bullying, how it happens, and how to prevent a child from being bullied.  (NEW)

Hello, I’m Sam:
Learn the types of molesters and the methods and how they use to manipulate their coworkers, parents, and children-all to meet their own needs.   Also, how to spot potentially dangerous interactions between adults and children.

It Happened to Me:
Children and adults describe the devastating effects abuse had on their lives and the prevalence of abuse and specific characteristics that may put some children at higher risk. 

Navigate the Murky Waters of Sexual Harassment: Learn how to prevent, detect, and report sexual harassment.

Preventing Sexual Activity Between Young Children: Learn about children and sexual curiosity, what is normal, how to prevent it, and how to respond if they occur.

Keeping Your Camp Safe: 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.

Abuse Risk Management for Volunteers: Shows 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: Learn 5 specific ways your actions can keep children safe, the importance of a watchful eye, what to do in the case of suspicious situations, and how to respond to inappropriate behavior.

Abuse Prevention Refresher: Build on knowledge and learn new information about how sexual abuse occurs, use red flags, prevent false allegations, prevent sexual activity, and apply what you know.

Now You’re a Supervisor:  (Supervisors  only) Learn what constitutes workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation and legal requirements and concepts.

Duty to Report Mandated Reporter: Learn why reporting abuse and neglect is critical, legal responsibilities, what types of conduct must be reported, and how to report it.  

Preventing Elderly Abuse: Learn facts about abuse and neglect and steps to keep residents safe.

Preventing Abuse Against Adults with Disabilities: Learn facts about abuse of people with disabilities, characteristics of potential victims, and steps to keep clients safe.

Information about special related subjects is provided below. Also see the Youth Activities area and Volume 4 of our Loss Control Manual , "Youth Activities, Day Care, Trips and Camps".

Related Links:
Updated Webinar HB-435 PA 8-2015
NEW HB-435 PA State Forms Disclosure
NEW HB-435 Laws Update 3-2015
New PA Law HB435 1-2015
Abuse Prevention - Getting Started on Policies - CDC
Teens & Internet - Parent Guidance - Video - Idaho
"Creating Safe Churches" - Gen. Assy. Mission Council, PCUSA
Mandatory Reporter Training - California
Sexuality Education - UCC
Sexuality & Religion - Religious Institute
Social Media, A Nurses Guide to - NCSBN - 2011
Internet Safety Guidelines - CT Conf. UCC


Document NameCreate Date
Abuse Prevention - We Won't Let It Happen Here - PCUSA - 2009 4/21/2011
Adult/Child Affection Policy - Praesidium - 2010 4/21/2011
Background Checking and On-Line Abuse Prevention Training 2/11/2015
Clergy Background Checking Std - UCC - 2010 4/21/2011
Electronic Communications Policy - Praesidium - 2010 4/21/2011
Internet Safety Guidelines - CT Conf UCC - 2011 8/29/2011
Loss Control Manual - Youth Activity - 2010 4/21/2011
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse within Youth-Serving Organizations - CDC - 2007 4/20/2011
Self-Assessment User Guide - Praesidium - 2011 12/1/2011
Social Networking, Parents Guide -- Idaho AG -- 2010 4/21/2011
SPOTLIGHT: A Film Discussion Guide 3/2/2016
Training Implementation - Armatus System - 2014 3/25/2014
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