This spring Safe from Harm (SFH) training will be available from the comfort and convenience of your corps, home or any place with internet access. In response to feedback from the field, the territorial social services department has implemented an internet-based abuse risk management training program, called Armatus to assist those working with children, youth and vulnerable adults to remain in compliance with Safe from Harm standards.

This extensive and economical online training is available for officers and employees as a refresher course-which is required every four years-and to volunteers as their initial and refresher training.

Of utmost importance to the social services department was to find training that was both high quality and easily accessible to every officer, employee and volunteer in the territory. Armatus, which is also used by the Southern and Western territories, meets those requirements and more. The courses are interactive with compelling graphics, video-clips and sound effects to engage participants.

"Through this training program even our volunteers in the most remote locations will have good-quality training readily available to them," said Helen Campbell, territorial early childhood program consultant and child/adult safety coordinator. "The training is completely self-paced, available at any time and covers the same content as our traditional Safe from Harm training."

Enrolling in the online training course is as simple as logging onto the website and answering a few questions. After enrollment the trainee will identify which training modules to take based on their responsibilities and divisional requirements. Each module takes only 30 to 45 minutes to complete and includes a brief quiz over key elements. Once trainees successfully complete the quiz, they'll receive a congratulatory Certificate of Completion, and their participation will be recorded in the system.

Please visit the "USC Safe from Harm resources" database in the "SocSer" folder on Lotus Notes or see your corps officer for a link to the online training.

Article written by the Central Connection