Questions About Protecting Children, Youth, and Adults from AbuseYouth Safety and Your Congregation from Church Mutual InsuranceCalled to be a Safe Place: Addressing Sexual Misconduct in Our Church - A Web site containing a variety of resources dealing with sexual misconduct issues offered by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Early in the life of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, this church expressed clearly its intention to take whatever measures it could to help prevent sexual abuse and misconduct within the ELCA. In other words, the church is "Called to be a Safe Place."
Creating Safe Churches: Addressing Sexual Misconduct A Web site containing a variety of resources dealing with sexual misconduct issues is offered by the Presbyterian Church. The theme of the site is "Safe Churches." The Web site contains sexual misconduct-related definitions, awareness-raising resources, guidelines for creating sexual misconduct policies for congregations, protocols for reporting incidents of sexual misconduct, resources for rebuilding trust that has been shattered in a religious community by incidents of sexual misconduct.
Books and Pamphlets:
Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Child Abuse in Churchby Joy Thornburg MeltonThis 80-page book from Upper Room provides guidance to help develop policies and procedures for reducing the risk of child abuse in the church. The book defines the scope of child abuse, outlines the different types of abuse, notes the indicators of abuse, discusses the legal requirements for reporting abuse, and provides guidelines for screening and hiring workers and volunteers. The book also outlines basic procedures of safe ministry with children and youth and outlines a congregational plan for responding to allegations of abuse. Sample forms included for screening workers, requiring background checks, doing reference checks and reporting suspected abuse. A suggested training session plan for people who work with children and youth is outlined, and a bibliography of suggested resources is includedAlso included:Safe Sanctuaries for MinistersSafe Sanctuaries for Children and Youth DVD
Selection and Screening Kit for Church Employees by Richard R. Hammar and James F. Cobble Jr.This kit provides the forms a congregation needs in the selection and hiring of non-rostered employees. It is designed for use by congregations and contains ten complete sets of booklets and detailed instructions. Kit includes in part: employment application, telephone interview form; annual review of employment; interview form; and sample letters.Selection and Screening Kit for Church Volunteersby Richard Hammer and James F. Cobble Jr.This kit provides the forms required in the selection and screening of volunteer workers. The kit can be used by congregations of any size. Forms and information includes in part are: form for driving church vehicles, assumption of risk form; review of applicable laws, and maintaining a safe environment.No Surprises: Harmonizing Risk and Reward in Volunteer Managementby the Nonprofit Risk Management CenterA 125-page guide which helps organizations to safeguard volunteers, service recipients and the organization. Assists nonprofits in balancing the risks and rewards of volunteer management. This edition of No Surprises includes a brand-new chapter on “Frequently Asked Questions” about volunteer service as well as updated content on managing risk in program design, volunteer recruitment, volunteer supervision and public relations.
Staff Screening Tool Kit by the Nonprofit Risk Management CenterThis 137-page guide provides help in screening, position descriptions and selection criteria, recruitment and applications, interviews, reference checks, record checks, other screening techniques, and the increased focus on official agency records as tools for staff screening. It features a state-by-state directory of agencies that maintain records useful for screening.