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  • WHY SAFE SANCTUARIES ?Protect our childrenProtect our workersProtect the Churchs assets for mission and ministry

  • TOOL #1SCRIPTUREJeremiah 1:1-10I Samuel 1:27-28Amos 5:24Micah 6:4-8Matthew 18:5Ecclesiastes 4:9-12Luke 2:22ff

  • TOOL #2BAPTISMAL COVENANT

  • Members of the household of faith, I commend to your love care these children (persons), whom we this day recognize as members of the family of God

  • With Gods help we will so order our lives after the example of Christ, that these children surrounded by steadfast love, may be established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal.

    The United Methodist Book of Worship, pages 104-105.

  • TOOL #3MATH PROBLEM1 child every 10 seconds is abused1 out of 10 boys; 1 out of 5 girls will be sexually assaulted in childhood50% of worship center sexual misconduct is by volunteers1 person every hour has stroke/heart attackLess than 20% of child abuse is perpetrated by strangers.

    Church Mutual; Joy Melton, Safe Sanctuaries, Discipleship Resources

  • KENTUCKY FACTSDuring 2002-2004, a child was reported abused or neglected every 8.5 minutes in KentuckyUsing this statistic, during a 1 hour worship service, 7 reports will be made

    2005 Kentucky Kids Count. www.kyyouth.org

  • PHYSICAL ABUSEIn 2004, 11,374 cases of physical abuse were reported in Kentucky

    23% were substantiatedmet the criteria to proceed with an investigation

    2005 Kentucky Kids Count. www.kyyouth.org

  • EMOTIONAL ABUSEIn 2004, 607 cases of emotional abuse were reported in Kentucky

    20% were substantiatedmet the criteria to proceed with an investigation.

    2005 Kentucky Kids Count. www.kyyouth.org

  • NEGLECTIn 2004, 33,038 cases of neglect (and dependency) were reported in Kentucky.

    38% wre substantiatedmet the criteria to proceed with an investigation.

    2005 Kentucky Kids Count. www.kyyouth.org

  • TOOL #4SCARY BUT TRUE STORIES

  • TOOL #5INCORPORATION

    www.gcfa.org/Inc.LocalUMC.html

    http://www.sos.ky.gov/business/filings/forms/

  • TOOL #6MEET PATRICK

    WHO ARE THE ABUSERS?

    HOW DO YOU RECOGNIZE THEM?

    TYPES OF ABUSE?

    WHO ARE THE VICTIMS?

  • TOOL #7CHECKLIST FOR LOCAL CHURCHES

  • TOOL #8RECRUITING-SCREENING-HIRING PRACTICESWritten Application FormsPersonal Reference FormsDrivers License ChecksPersonal InterviewsSix Month Hospitality RuleParticipation CovenantCriminal Background Checks local-state-national-Megans Law Website

  • TOOL #9BASIC OPERATING PROCEDURESTwo UNRELATED Adult RuleWindows/half doors In All Classrooms

    No Workers Under Eighteen

    Four-Years-Older Rule

    Open Door Counseling

    First Aid/CPR Training

  • Participation Covenant For All Participants/LeadersAnnual Orientation For Workers

    Advance Notice To Parents

    Parent and Family Education

    Appropriate Equipment and Supervision

  • TOOL #10CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE PLAN

    Notify the parents of the victim and take any necessary steps to assure childs safety. Childs safety is first concern.

    Treat accused with dignity, but immediately remove him/her from further involvement with children and/or youth.

  • Notify proper law enforcement/child protective services.

    Notify proper Conference authorities, insurance agent, and churchs attorney.

  • CONFERENCE CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS TEAM WILL ASSIST CHURCH LEADERS.

    Prepare a brief and honest statement that can be made to the congregation. Do not give unnecessary details, blame, interfere with victims privacy or violate any confidentiality. There is a difference between confidentiality and secrecy.

    Be prepared to cooperate fully with the investigation.

  • TOOL #11ISSUESCONCERNINGREPORTING

  • KENTUCKY STATUTE FOR REPORTING620.030: Any person who knows or has reasonable cause to believe that a child is dependent, neglected, or abused shall immediately cause an oral or written report to be made to a local law enforcement agency or the Department of Kentucky State Police.

  • KENTUCKY ANNUAL CONFERENCE APPROVED POLICYReporting is required by any staff or a volunteer that:~personally witnesses an incident of abuseor exploitation~when an allegation of an event of abuse or exploitation is made to staff or a volunteer by a third party~when a child/vulnerable adult discloses abuse or exploitation.

  • CLERGY AS REPORTERSAll clergy of the United Methodist Church are charged to maintain all confidences inviolate including confessional confidences, except in the cases of suspected child abuse or neglect or in cases where mandatory reporting is required by civil law.

    The Book of Discipline, 2004 341.5

  • REPORTING

    Abuse must be reported to the Kentucky Child Protection Hot Line:1-800-752-6200

  • ADDITIONAL ISSUESEcumenical Ministry

    Outside Groups Using Church Facilities

    Response Planwho speaks to the media

    Clergy as mandated Reporters

    KY State Police Child Abuse Hotline 800-543-7723

  • QUESTIONS ABOUT INSURANCEHow much coverage do you have? What are the limits?

    Do you specifically have SAM insurance?

    Who is covered/Who is not covered?

  • Exactly what is coveredcriminal lawsuits/defendant until found guilty, innocent? Punitive damages are never covered.

    What do you do if there is an allegation?

  • TRUTH, LIES, ANDSEXOFFENDERSHOW THEY THINK, WHAT THEY DO

    ANNA C. SALTER, Ph.D

  • TOM SALSGIVER

    CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE

    tom@cpcumc.org717-766-7441