Everyone involved in your ministry, both paid and volunteer, should be screened. Carefully screening people before allowing them to work in your ministry is one of the best ways to protect young people and other vulnerable individuals from harm.
You can’t lock out a threat that’s already inside your school. However, you can prepare and train. Traditional security models focus on hardening schools, but behavior pattern recognition can potentially stop threats before they occur.
Article by Steve Case: In a season of constant change, it’s more important than ever to ensure your ministry is following its policies and procedures — especially when it comes to staff who work with children.
Develop or review your child abuse prevention plan and take a deep dive into camp risk manage with these two free publications: Child Protection in a Camp Environment - Guidelines for Camps and Checklists for Camps.
This comprehensive guidebook addresses the importance of a written child abuse prevention policy and its components. It also includes a sample policy manual with links to download additional sample forms and checklists.
Do you follow a published set of guidelines and policies that govern texting and messaging practices for your ministry’s employees and volunteers who work with youth? Use this checklist to uncover areas that might expose your ministry to risk.
Many organizations have insurance coverage to help defend against abuse allegations and pay for settlement costs, but if the abuse happened years ago, it may not be the organization’s current insurance policy that covers the costs.