Child abuse is never an easy topic. Everyone expects the church to be a safe place for kids. How does the church establish processes and procedures to ensure that it is safe? A number one defense is a good offense.
WFM Staff · January 9, 2018
Edwina Cowgill, business administrator at the Redemption Fellowship explains that child abuse is never an easy topic and everyone expects the church to be a safe place for kids.
How does the church establish processes and procedures to ensure that it is safe?
We revisted a former WFX Conference session where participants gained valuable resources about churches and the risk of possible abuse situations, hiring and screen requirements, symptom recognition, facility aspects and written policies.
Why Do Churches Need A Child Safety Policy?
Churches usually need to implicate a child safety policy due to the following reasons:
- God has given churches the responsibility to protect children and youth from the chances of getting abused by providing a safe and secure learning environment.
- Almost 33.6% churches ended up in court due to cases related to sexual molestation in the last six years.
- Most churches face the ‘Head Buried in Sand’ syndrome, which means, they don’t use child safety policies just because they think nothing of that sort would happen in their church.
The Churches Number One Defense- A Good Offense
The speaker explained how churches neglect certain aspects when it comes to monitoring child abuse matters and how implying such policies would help them.
How Can A Screening Process Help?
In case a church ends up in court, it can present its screening procedures in court and let them know that the individual was completely looked upon before hiring.
In many child abuse cases, people face false allegations and this can be prevented using a screening process.