No church is immune to the problem of child sexual assault, regardless of size, location, or denomination. Child sexual predators exist, and they're always looking for opportunities to interact with children. They may volunteer to work with children in your nursery, Sunday school, or youth program. How are you going to manage this risk? Strengthen these areas within your ministry.
Don't give any volunteer worker the opportunity to be involved in a nursery or children's or youth work until he or she has been associated with your church for at least six months.
On or off premises, always have at least two, unrelated adults supervising each room, vehicle, or other enclosed space—even if only one or two children need care.
Increase supervisors for large groups and prohibit situations in which one adult is alone with children in changing areas or restrooms.
A good way to educate your church employees and volunteer children or youth workers is to use the Reducing the Risk Kit, 3rd Edition. The kit is a turnkey training and implementation solution for a child sex abuse prevention program. You'll learn how to:
Representatives from various state and federal agencies are available to provide information and may be willing to assist you in your worker education program. A good place to start may be the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children & Families.
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