What is Safe Sanctuaries?
Safe Sanctuaries* is one of the tools that Glen Mar uses to ensure the safety of children, youth and vulnerable adults entrusted to our care.
Anyone who works with or comes into contact with children, youth or vulnerable adults in Glen Mar's ministry settings is required to complete Safe Sanctuaries training prior to participating. They are also asked to provide references and information for a background check. Adults and youth serving in ministry with children, youth or vulnerable adults are expected to uphold Glen Mar Church's Safe Sanctuaries policy.
Initial Safe Sanctuaries training must be done in person at Glen Mar, with a complete set of forms turned in: Laity Questionnaire, Safe Sanctuaries Reference Form, and Background Check Consent Form, along with a signed Covenant for Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult Workers form (available only at the in-person training session).
Renewal policy: Every two years, training must be renewed. Two years after an in-person training, renewal can be completed online along with online submission of a new Laity Questionnaire. Two years after the online training, the next training must be completed in person, with submission of all required forms. To summarize, at minimum every 4 years of service result in face-to-face training with all new forms, including 3 new reference forms.
Safe Sanctuaries Training Schedule
In-person Safe Sanctuaries training sessions will be held at Glen Mar on the following dates in 2020:
January 12, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
February 9, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
March 8, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
April 12, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
May 17, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
June 14, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
(more dates will be added in June & July closer to VBS time)
July 12, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
August 9, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
September 13, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
October 11, 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
November 8, 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
December 13, 11 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
You are welcome to download and complete most of the Safe Sanctuaries forms ahead of the in-person training session (see Documents and Forms below). However, you must complete and sign the Safe Sanctuaries Covenant at the training session. Bring your driver’s license, social security number, and contact information for three references.
Online Renewal Training
Online Safe Sanctuaries training is available to those who are renewing two years after in-person training.
- Take the online training course, which includes an assessment. Click here to begin online training.
- Complete the online Laity Questionnaire
Documents and Forms
- Glen Mar Church Safe Sanctuaries Policy
- Laity Questionnaire (Editable PDF. Please save, print, sign, and bring with you.)
- Safe Sanctuaries Reference Form (each person must have three references on file)
- Background Check Consent Form
- Incident Report Form
*sometimes referred to as "Safe Sanctuary"