The Diocese of Arkansas recently updated its sexual responsibility policies. There are three:

Respecting the Dignity of Children and Youth
Respecting the Dignity of Adults
Respecting the Dignity of Employees

All people in the diocese who engage in Pastoral Relationships must do the following: 1) familiarize himself or herself with all three policies; 2) submit to a background check every five years; and 3) complete sexual responsibility training every five years, either online or at a live training event.

Background Checks

The Diocese of Arkansas has authorized Praesidium and Oxford Documentation as preferred background screening services. Click for more information.

If a person has completed a background check with another organization in the past five years and can supply official documentation, that background check may be considered. Please contact Randall Curtis with any questions.


The Diocese of Arkansas currently offers Safeguarding God’s Children online and will soon offer Safeguarding God’s People online. It is Internet-based. You just log on with a high-speed Internet connection and complete your courses. Each step-by-step course ends with a brief quiz to ensure that you understand all of this important information. You’ll also have a chance to provide feedback on the course content and usability.

Your church can also host a live training. Contact Randall Curtis for a list of trainers in the diocese.

Read more about how the Episcopal Church safeguards our children.