Communities of Faith
Creating a safe place for children and youth in communities of faith
It is a powerful responsibility to ensure that children and youth are able to thrive within a faith community. The importance of creating and maintaining safe places for ALL members, especially those unable to protect themselves, must be considered with great care.
Questions to ask within your Faith Community
- Does our community have a written policy on the prevention of Child Sexual Abuse and how to handle allegations of abuse?
- Do we offer trainings on child abuse prevention and our reporting practices?
- Do our children receive education on abuse prevention and appropriate boundaries?
- Do we have training and guidelines in place for ministries involving home bound adults or pastoral care?
- Do we currently have a posted schedule of the ministries and group meetings offered?
- Are new ministries reviewed and approved before they begin meeting?
- How long should volunteers be a part of our faith community before getting involved with children/youth programs?
- Is there a designated or identified person to handle reports or questions regarding abuse or behavioral concerns?
- Do we use background checks and an interview process in hiring staff and screening volunteers?
- Is it understood that we always report to an outside agency (Child Protection Services or Law Enforcement) in addition to any notifications made within our own walls when child abuse is involved?