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Bible Search
Safe Sanctuaries Policy
Colington United Methodist Church
Safe Sanctuaries Policy
 
Reducing the Risk of Abuse in Ministry with Children, Youth or Vulnerable Adults
 
I. Definitions of Abuse
A. Verbal Abuse- Any verbal act that humiliates, degrades or threatens any child or youth.
B. Physical Abuse – Any act of omission or an act that endangers a person’s physical or mental health. In the case of child or youth physical abuse, this definition includes any intentional physical injury caused by the individual’s caretaker. Physical abuse may result from punishment that is overly punitive or inappropriate to the individual’s age or condition. In addition, physical abuse may result from purposeful acts that pose serious danger to physical health of a child or youth.
C. Sexual Abuse – Child or youth sexual abuse is the sexual exploitation or use of same for satisfaction of sexual drives. This includes, but is not limited to: 1) incest, 2) rape, 3) prostitution, 4) romantic involvement with any participant, 5) any sexual intercourse, or sexual conduct with, or fondling of an individual enrolled as a child or youth in Conference or District sponsored activities, 6) sexualized behavior that communicates sexual interest and/or content. Examples are not limited to: displaying sexually suggestive visual materials, making sexual comments or innuendo about one’s own or another person’s body, touching another person’s body, hair or clothing, touching or rubbing oneself in the presence of another person, kissing, and sexual intercourse
 
To achieve compliance with the Safe Sanctuary policy it may be necessary to combine groups; recruit, train, and reference additional volunteers; or cancel an event. Recognizing that there is safety in numbers, children and youth will be instructed to use the “buddy system.” It is also strongly encouraged that there be present at least one leader who is trained and certified in First Aid and CPR at functions.
 
II. Volunteer/Employee Requirements
A volunteer application form shall be used for screening all         workers, regular and occasional.
                        Volunteer workers, regular or occasional, shall be regular attendees
            of the congregation for at least six months before being allowed to supervise such
programs.
 
III.  Supervision of Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults.
A. Supervision for Nursery/childcare at Church functions:
                        There shall be a minimum of two (2) childcare providers per room.
We recommend that whenever possible State Childcare Minimum standards shall be followed, particularly in relation to the number of childcare providers to child ratio.
 
B. Supervision of children and youth at Church functions:
Church events shall observe the “2 Leader Rule” (2 leaders per classroom, 2 leaders within line of sight when outdoors.)
Exception to allow 1 leader/1 assistant may be made with the approval of the event leader on a case-by-case basis.
Any one-to-one mentoring or consulting shall be conducted in sight of another leader.
Understanding that there is safety in numbers, one leader can be in contact with multiple youth so long as they are in line of sight of other leaders.
 
C. Overnight Accommodations
                        At events that require overnight accommodations:
- We strongly recommend that at least (2) leaders be present in every room.
- When staying in a hotel, leaders shall sleep in separate rooms from children/youth; or if necessary for children/youth to share a room
with a leader, leaders shall sleep in separate beds from
children/youth so long as any one leader shall not be alone with any one child/youth.
- Recognizing accommodations may be restrictive in some cases,
one leader is adequate, so long as any one leader shall NOT be
alone with any one child/youth.
 
IV. Screening for Leaders, Assistant Leaders, and Childcare providers
A. Applications
Prior to employment or acceptance as a leader, assistant leader or childcare provider (paid or unpaid), the event leader in charge of an event or program shall        direct each prospective applicant to complete the application/consent form. By     signing the form, the applicant gives permission to the event leader and/or local congregation authority to contact references and perform the necessary investigation to complete the review of the application.
 
B. Screening
                        The local congregation is responsible for conducting references and
screening. This may be done through the local church or district office.
If any of the reports raise questions about fitness of the applicant, disapprove the application and notify the event leader and/or local church. The Church reserves the right to turn away any persons for service.
If the applicant (paid or unpaid) is found to have been involved in any activity in which the applicant abused or exploited children or youth, the applicant will not be approved. Any conviction of a crime against children or youth shall disqualify any applicant.
Results of screens shall be kept confidential. The determination of whether a particular crime is serious enough to result in giving a negative recommendation shall be made by the Pastor and event leader(s).
 
            Persons having a criminal history of any of the following types of offenses shall  not be allowed to serve in any ministry with children and youth:
            Child abuse, whether physical, emotional, sexual, or neglectful
            Violent offenses, including murder, rape, assault, domestic violence, etc
            Persons having a Criminal History of DUI or DWI conviction within the five (5) y           ears immediately prior to application shall not be allowed to act as a driver.
            Persons having a Criminal History of a drug related conviction within the five (5)            years immediately prior to application shall not be allowed to participate in the       event.
 
V. Reporting of Incidents
 
A. When a leader of a Church event or activity suspects that abuse or any suspected violation of the Penal Code is taking or has taken place, he or she shall call 911 when needed and report the abuse to the appropriate local law enforcement agency.
 
B. The leader shall contact the administrator or event leader immediately, and              cooperate fully with the investigation conducted by law enforcement
officials or child protective services.
 
C. Address any needs the child or youth may have, medical or otherwise.
Report to the parent(s) and/or legal guardians(s).
 
D. The person suspected of abuse shall, for the safety and well being of the
children or youth, be removed with dignity from further contact with the
children and youth until an appropriate investigation has taken place. The matter shall remain confidential.
 
E. Following the report of an incident, the event leader, or supervisor in charge
shall document the report, and then speak with the alleged victim, being careful to
use open-ended questions.
                       All such conversations shall be documented. Careful and confidential    
documentation is essential. The documentation should include the following:
1. The name of the leader observing or receiving the disclosure of abuse, including the date, time and place and any action taken by this person.
                        2. The alleged victim’s name, age, and date of birth.
                        3. Any statement made by the alleged victim.
4. Name of the suspected person, the date, time and place of any conversation or any statement made by the respondent.
                        5. Any action taken, i.e. suspension of the respondent.
                        6. Date and time of call to the appropriate agency, name of worker
spoken to, content of that conversation and case number assigned.
7. Date and time of call to law enforcement agency, name of officer spoken to and content of that conversation.
                        8. Date and time of any other contacts made regarding this incident.
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