The most proactive step a church can take in protecting children is to have a child protection policy and procedures that provide strategic actions that increase the safety for children. When asked, most churches say they have a policy in place. But when you push them, in many cases, the policies are outdated, stuck in a drawer and few people really know what the policy states.
We are here to help you determine if your current policy is up-to-date and if not, how to make it current.
How thorough is your current child protection policy and procedures?
This free POLICY REVIEW WORKSHEET is a good place to start. Once you download this document, you can take the compliance checklist and go item by item to see if your current documents deal with the major issues that policy and procedures documents should cover. You can also request that we do a free compliance audit of your policy.
SAFE KIDS AT CHURCH AND SCHOOL: A Short Guide to Writing and Implementing Policy and Procedures (free booklet to download)
Next, with this short guide to writing and implementing policy and procedures, you will be able to begin writing the most important documents first: a Code of Conduct, a Reporting Protocol, and a Policy Statement.
As you work through this booklet, you will begin to see the various issues you must address. We provide written instructions to help you think through what should be included in each section, ending with the final approval process.
SAFE KIDS AT CHURCH AND SCHOOL WORKBOOK - $20 download
Our 80-page workbook provides you with more detail about each section your documents should include, complete with working samples to get you started. Following the instructions in this workbook, you will begin writing the most important documents first, the ones that provides immediate protection for children, and then you are guided through writing the next documents until you have a finished product.
Purchase this workbook for $20.
IMPORTANT: Immediately following payment at Paypal, click on the link: "Return to Adults Protecting Children, Inc." to be taken to the WORKBOOK PAGE.
Writing your own policy and procedures documents is time consuming and requires a dedicated effort. We provide a consultation service to help you complete these documents step by step. The benefit to using our consultation service is that you will be able to complete your documents in much less time, confident that the content of those documents will be very thorough. We know what needs to be included and what questions you have to address in your documents.
Our consultation service usually involves a review of your current materials first, followed by a meeting with your child protection committee to begin compiling your documents. During that visit, we will provide training to your staff and volunteers on how to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Beyond that point, we will continue to coach your team and review your work until you have a finished product.