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Safeguarding provides participants with the information they need to protect the vulnerable people they know and care for in their personal lives and the ministries in which they serve. In the Diocese of Western Michigan, we want each of our parishes to actively protect vulnerable children and adults.

This section provides tools and resources to help all of us in West Michigan achieve that very important goal. To learn more, please read on. If you need immediate assistance, please call (269) 381-2710. Or check the resource links on the left side.


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Pastoral Letter from the Bishop

Michigan's Background Check (ICHAT)
MI Sex Offender Registry
Abuse Risk Management Website
Safety Bulletin from Praesidium

Latest News
EDWM Video
Parish Locator
Contact Us

Note: We have no "Train the Trainer" sessions are currently scheduled. Trainers are needed!

To learn more, please click here now or call the Diocesan office at (269) 381-2710.

About Safeguarding Online

The Diocese of Western Michigan offers Safeguarding God's Children and Safeguarding God's People online, as an internet-based course. Participants need a high-speed interent connection and some degree of computer proficiency. Each course ends with a brief quiz to ensure that the material is understood.

Application to Take Safeguarding God's Children/People Online: If you wish to take an online Safeguarding class, fill out and submit this online form. This form works for both Safeguarding God's Children and Safeguarding God's People.
Discussion Points for Churches Certifying Participants in Safeguarding God's Children Online Training.
Parish Certification for Particpants to Take Safeguarding Online: Parishes must certify each participant who wants to take a Safeguarding online class. This form can be submitted online, and provides a link to the discussion points above.