“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
We’re here to help protect the students you love!
Are you a “have to” or a “want to?”
In order to become a heroic protector of students you have to understand the problem.
Is sexual abuse really that big of a problem?
The short answer, yes…
- 1 in 5 Americans 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 35.
- The average convicted predator will have over 50-150 victims.
These statistics DO apply to your ministry.
The type of fence you build depends on what you want to keep out. Student ministry should be the safest place on the planet. How safe is yours?
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Article Series written by our experts FOR Church Executive MAGAZINE
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.