Churches and schools face the daunting task of navigating complex safety and legal issues. From child safety concerns to property matters. The following are some resources that may help in the process of making your ministry a safe place.
“Important Steps to Help Prevent Child Sexual Abuse” This document addresses the important steps a congregation and/or school needs to take to help prevent child sexual abuse. The LCMS Domestic Violence and Child Abuse Task Force has made additional resources and training available. Information on these resources and training opportunities can be found at https://www.lcms.org/social-issues/child-abuse
The insurance company, Church Mutual offers a template called: “Child and Youth Abuse Prevention Program for Religious Organizations.” These are sample guidelines in template form to the assist congregation and school. They will not address all issues but begin to identify policies that need to be in place. You will want to check with your insurance company to see if there are additional templates available. Website: https://www.churchmutual.com/164/Child-and-Youth-Abuse-Prevention-Program-for-Religious-Organizations
Enhancing School Safety Using a Threat Assessment Model – An Operational Guide for Preventing Targeted School Violence.
The LCMS in collaboration with Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), a legal guide has been developed in this regard. Protecting Your Ministry is a legal guide for LCMS congregations, schools and ministries. Please read through this entire booklet carefully to understand the full scope of the issues and how you can protect various ministries.
The church and school should be seen as holy ground and safe space. These resources are made available to assist you in assuring others that the ministry where you serve is safe space. Please take time to review your policies and update as needed and consult with your insurance representative.