PROTECTING STUDENTS AND THOSE WHO SERVE THEM
WE’RE HERE TO HELP YOU PROTECT THE STUDENTS YOU LOVE!
INTRO VIDEO HERE
THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE WHO SHOW UP TO A SEXUAL ABUSE AWARENESS TRAINING…
WHICH ONE ARE YOU?
SO, HOW DO YOU BECOME A HEROIC PROTECTOR OF STUDENTS?
FIRST, WE HAVE TO UNDERSTANDING THE PROBLEM
OVERVIEW OF THE PROBLEM VIDEO HERE
IS IT REALLY THAT BIG OF A PROBLEM?
THE SHORT ANSWER, YES…
1 in 4 girls experience sexual abuse by age 18.
1 in 6 boys experience sexual abuse by age 18.
The average predator assaults his/her first victim at age 13.
The average age a predator is caught is 34.
The average convicted predator will have over 100 victims.
These statistics apply to all socioeconomics, racial groups, demographics and denominations. Meaning, they apply to your ministry.
Now that we understand the problem, it’s time to get to work.
Take a few minutes to fill out the Church Safety Assessment. The results will help tailor the rest of your church safety program.
NOW THAT THE CHURCH SAFETY ASSESSMENT HAS GIVEN YOU AN IDEA OF YOUR CURRENT SYSTEM’S STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES, Let’s look at how to make your ministry the safest place possible for students.
WE’RE COMMITTED TO HELPING KEEP YOUR STUDENTS SAFE
PLAN OVERVIEW VIDEO
- our 5 Part safety system includes…
- Sexual Abuse Awareness Training
- Skillful Screening
- Appropriate Criminal Background Checks
- Tailored Policies and Procedures
- Monitoring and Oversight
“The future faith of a student depends on us! Do you think a student can really grow close to God as an adult when the family of God was hurting them as children?”
– Tom ShefChunas
As part of our commitment to student safety, we’re including an entire year of the ministrysafe safety system… for free!
WE’LL WALK YOU THROUGH EACH STEP of our 5-part safety system AND HOW TO TAILOR EACH TO BEST FIT YOUR MINISTRY.
THE FIRST STEP: SEXUAL ABUSE AWARENESS TRAINING
TURNING YOUR RADARS ON
Train EVERY ADULT in your ministry
Awake to the threat
Aware of the red flags
Active IN LOOKING FOR THOSE RED FLAGS
Absolute in their commitment to report
SAAT FOR ALL VIDEO
Before training the adults in your ministry, you need to get trained yourself.
As part of this program we have given you FREE access to the Sexual Abuse Awareness Training.
SECOND STEP: SKILLFUL SCREENING
THE skillful screening process is the security sticker on the front door of your ministry.
It is your first line of defenSe to keep the predator from ever coming through your gate.
SKILLFUL SCREENING VIDEO
To help you strengthen your first line of defenSe, we’ve provided some of our best editable resources.
THIRD STEP: APPROPRIATE CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECKS
An appropriate Criminal Background Search should include…
- an SSN identifier
- appropriate breadth of search
- appropriate depth of search
- understanding of time frame
BACKGROUND CHECK VIDEO
For deeper understanding of how criminal records are created, their strengths and weaknesses, and how they can be BEST leveraged for the safety of your students, we’ve included additional free resources for you.
Even with an understanding of Criminal background checks, it can be daunting to chose the right background check for your ministry.
USE OUR BACKGROUND CHECK TOOL TO HELP CHOOSE APPROPRIATE BACKGROUND CHECKS FOR YOUR MINISTRY.
FOURTH STEP: TAILORED POLICY AND PROCEDURES
Tailored policies and procedures makes any grooming behavior even more detectable by our radars. The goal is to warn them that their behavior will not go unnoticed or unreported.
DEFINITION OF P&P
tailor OUR editable policIES SAMPLE to fit the needs of your ministry.
STEP 5: MONITORING AND OVERSIGHT
ONE LINER OF NEED FOR MONITORING AND OVERSIGHT FOLLOWED BY 2-3 PRINCIPLE COMPONENTS.
A Complete Child Sexual Abuse Safety System
Sexual Abuse Awareness Training
Ability to add Church-Specific Training Content
Background Checks and Training in Use
Skillful Screening Process - Forms and Training
Program-Specific Safety Policies
Editable Screening Document Templates
Onboarding and Support
Bulk User Imports
Tiered Administrative Access
FINAL VISION CAST
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Article Series written by our experts FOR Church Executive MAGAZINE
We can’t reduce a risk that we don’t understand.
The single most important step a ministry can take to protect children from sexual abuse is to train ministry workers to understand the problem. When staff members and volunteers have an awareness of the basic characteristics of the sexual abuser, the process by which an abuser selects and prepares a child for abuse, and key indicators of abuse, they are better equipped to recognize and prevent abuse in ministry programs.
Keeping the wolf out of the sheep pen.
The Skillful Screening Process encourages an applicant with inappropriate motives to ‘self-select out’ of employee or volunteer pools by utilizing forms and processes meant to elicit a high-risk response. Skillful screening helps intake coordinators and interviewers recognize high-risk responses on applications, reference forms, or during an interview.
Rooted in the ‘grooming process’ of the offender.
Policies should be rooted in the grooming process of the preferential offender to be truly effective at preventing child sexual abuse. Policies must be succinct, understandable and tailored to ministry programs. Remember, policies are what you do, not what you say you do.
Necessary, but NOT a stand-alone screening tool.
Criminal background checks are no ‘silver bullet’ because more than 90% of sexual abusers have no criminal record to find, and they know it. Notwithstanding this reality, background checks have become a child-serving standard of care. In addition, STAIR STEP, GROOMING and PLEA-DOWN offenses are common, and should be known to ministry screeners.
Ensuring ongoing child protection compliance.
Preventing sexual abuse requires a cohesive system of checks and balances designed to operate with efficiency and consistency.
The 5-Part Safety System
Though Gregory Love and Kimberlee Norris are attorneys, the information and training provided by MinistrySafe is not intended to be legal advice and should not be relied upon as legal counsel.