Child & Youth Safety

The Fall season is a popular time to host various outdoor events, such as a fall festival. These activities may be focused on ministering to children or reaching out to the local community. With many organizations beginning another service and education year in the fall, festivals are a great way to bring members together and celebrate. While these highly popular and well-attended events are great fun for members, families and the community, there are many risks associated with hosting such an occasion.  To help with these concerns, we're sharing Guidelines for a Safe Fall Festival and a Safe Playground....

Seldom has a week gone by without a church, nonprofit or school making national news because of the sexual misconduct of one of their employees or volunteers.  People who wish to do harm to our children are constantly seeking places and opportunities to do so.  Unfortunately, one of the paths-of-least-resistance for predators is in the Church. While most other child and youth-serving organizations realize not only the threat but the potential liability, unfortunately many of our churches still lag far behind when it comes to protecting the children and youth as well as the ministry of the church.  We would like to offer the following for protecting the children, protecting the church and guidance for leaders....