Thursday, December 13, 2007

    Safety in the Church: Revisited

    These past few days, I’ve been thinking a lot about safety in the church. As Brian noted, this article is excellent. And, there is no doubt that anyone working with youth and/or children must do a criminal background check. But, what is the process for conducting a background check? For example, who reads the results? Who is in charge of all the administration that is required with a background check? Is it a retired social worker, the ministers, the children’s director? What is done with the results? What happens if someone comes back with sexual abuse convictions? What happens if someone comes back with a past history of criminal activity or driving while intoxicated?

    I think these are all questions that need to be answered ahead of time. It is always better to be proactive instead of reactive. The church I serve has answered some, but not all, of these questions. Overall, I think we have a good process—if anyone is interested, I would be happy to share how we formed our youth protection committee and what all of this entails. But, I’m interested in hearing what others have done.

    How about you? What steps do you take at your church to make it as safe and welcoming as possible?



    Monk-in-Training said...

    Our Bishop requires sexual abuse prevention training of ANY person who oversees minors. Also, he requires all events to have two adults (over 25) of differing genders to be in charge of any meeting.