10 Safety Basics
  1. Sacred Safety (Scripture)
  2. Background Checks

  3. Write it Down

    (Permission Forms & Policies)

  4. Sexual Abuse Prevention & Response

  5. First Aid

  6. Property

  7. Technology & Social Media

  8. Off Campus

    (Camp, Mission Trips, Retreats, Events)

  9. Behavior

  10. Nursery & Childcare Standards

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

 

Personnel Files for Those Working with Minors (Coming Soon)

 

Forms that Minors Need to Have Filled Out By a Guardian (Coming Soon)

 

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 behavorial information is very important. Basic medical and contact information is needed for every child on the property even when a parent is present.

 

Background Checks

 

Insurance Board: Policy Template: This is the best resource out there!

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FaithTrust Institute is a national, multifaith, multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence. - See more at: http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/about-us/guiding-principles#sthash.mh1Qluit.dpuf

FaithTrust Institute is a national, multifaith, multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence. - See more at: http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/about-us/guiding-principles#sthash.mh1Qluit.dpuf

FaithTrust Institute is a national, multifaith, multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence. - See more at: http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/about-us/guiding-principles#sthash.mh1Qluit.dpuf

FaithTrust Institute is a national, multifaith, multicultural training and education organization with global reach working to end sexual and domestic violence. - See more at: http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org/about-us/guiding-principles#sthash.mh1Qluit.dpuf

This page was last updated by JK 9/26/14

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