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A ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
Connecting the WHOLE Body to the WHOLE Mission
This page was last updated by JK 9/26/14
Safety - Getting Started
One of the reasons many churches do not create a safe and sacred space is because it can be very overwhelming and can cost money. Here are some basic important ways to get started.
The Written Word
Write down the expectations you have for clergy and employees.
Write down the expectations you have for the adults.
Write down the expectations you have for the children.
Get signatures and permission for photos, travel, and technology/social media
Adult to Child Ratio
The standard practice (which should be written down) is that at no point should anyone be in a group smaller than three people. Never. This includes online and other media interactions. Make sure everyone (children included) are aware of this expectation. There should always be two adults in a nursery care setting.
Pick-Up and Drop-Off
A lot can happen between the car and the room. Work with guardians to create a safe way to have children sign in and sign out with those who are allowed and age appropriate (write it down) to drive and monitor a child. Never let a child go with someone who does not have written permission to take that child. (This includes the nursery. Do not send a child with a sibling, friend, non-guardian parent unless given written permission.)
Contact and Medical Information
Allergies and behavioral information is very important. Basic medical and contact information is needed for every child on the property even when a parent is present.
More information on Background Checks (Click here)
Plus, check the areas around the church.
The FBI sex offender website (Click here)
The US Department of Justice, National Sex Offender Search (Click here)
Insurance Board: Policy Template: This is the best resource out there!
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