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Child Protection Policy for

Churches

General Purpose Statement

<CHURCH/TEMPLE NAME> seeks to provide a safe and secure environment for the children

who participate in our programs and activities. By implementing the below practices, our goal is

to protect the children of <CHURCH/TEMPLE NAME> from incidents of misconduct or

inappropriate behavior while also protecting our staff and volunteers (workers) from false

accusations.

Definitions

For purposes of this policy, the terms “child” or “children” include all persons under the age of

eighteen (18) years. The term “worker” includes both paid and unpaid persons who work with

children. The term “volunteer” means anyone involved in a day care or school, in overnight

activities involving minors, in counseling of minors, or in one-on-one mentoring of minors.

Selection of Workers

All persons who desire to work with the children participating in our programs and activities will

be screened. This screening includes the following:

a) Six Month Rule

No person will be considered for any volunteer position involving contact with minors

until she/he has been involved with <CHURCH/TEMPLE NAME> for a minimum of

six (6) months. This time of interaction between our leadership and the applicant

allows for better evaluation and suitability of the applicant for working with children.

b) Written Application

All persons seeking to work with children must complete and sign a written

application in a form to be supplied by us. The application will request basic

information from the applicant and will inquire into previous experience with children,

previous <church/temple> affiliation, reference and employment information, as well

as disclosure of any previous criminal convictions. The application form will be

maintained in confidence on file at the <church/temple>.

c) Personal Interview

Upon completion of the application, a face-to-face interview may be scheduled with

the applicant to discuss his/her suitability for the position.

d) Reference Checks

Before an applicant is permitted to work with children, at least two of the applicants’

references will be checked. These references should be of an institutional nature as

opposed to personal or family references, preferably from organizations where the

applicant has worked with children in the past. Documentation of the reference

checks will be maintained in confidence on file at <church/temple>.

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e) Criminal Background Check

A national criminal background check is required for all employees (regardless of

position) and “volunteers” as defined above.

Before a background check is run, prospective workers will be asked to sign an

authorization form allowing the church/synagogue/meeting to run the check. If an individual

declines to sign the authorization form, s/he will be unable to work with children.

A disqualifying offense that will keep an individual from working with children will be

determined by <IDENTIFY TITLE/POSITION OF RESPONSIBLE PERSON OR TEAM> on

a case-by-case basis in light of all the surrounding circumstances. Generally, convictions for

an offense involving children and/or for offenses involving violence, dishonesty, illegal

substances, indecency and any conduct contrary to our mission will preclude someone from

being permitted to work with children. Failure to disclose a criminal conviction on the

application form will also be a disqualifying event.

The background check authorization form and results will be maintained in confidence on

file at the <church/temple>.

Two Adult Rule

It is our goal that a minimum of two unrelated adult workers will be in attendance at all times

when children are being supervised during our programs and activities. Some youth classes

may have only one adult teacher in attendance during the class session; in these instances,

doors to the classroom should remain open and there should be no fewer than three students

with the adult teacher. We do not allow minors to be alone with one adult on our premises or in

any sponsored activity unless in a counseling situation.

Responding to Allegations of Child Abuse

For purposes of this policy, “child abuse” is any action (or lack of action) that endangers or

harms a child’s physical, psychological or emotional health and development. Child abuse

occurs in different ways and includes the following:

• Physical abuse – any physical injury to a child that is not accidental, such as beating,

shaking, burns, and biting.

• Emotional abuse – emotional injury when the child is not nurtured or provided with love

and security, such as an environment of constant criticism, belittling and persistent

teasing.

• Sexual abuse – any sexual activity between a child and an adult or between a child and

another child at least four years older than the victim, including activities such as

fondling, exhibitionism, intercourse, incest, and pornography.

• Neglect – depriving a child of his or her essential needs, such as adequate food, water,

shelter, and medical care.

Childcare workers may have the opportunity to become aware of abuse or neglect of the

children under our care. In the event that an individual involved in the care of children at this

<church/temple> becomes aware of suspected abuse or neglect of a child under his/her care,

this should be reported immediately to the <IDENTIFY TITLE OF PERSON TO WHOM ABUSE

SHOULD BE REPORTED> for further action, including reporting to authorities as may be

mandated by state law.

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In the event that an incident of abuse or neglect is alleged to have occurred at this

<church/temple> or during our sponsored programs or activities, the following procedure shall

be followed:

1. The parent or guardian of the child will be notified.

2. The worker or church member alleged to be the perpetrator of the abuse or misconduct

will immediately be placed on leave pending an investigation and instructed to remain

away from the premises during the investigation. He or she should be instructed to have

no contact with the victim or with witnesses.

3. All allegations of abuse should be reported to the civil authorities, and the organization

will comply with the state’s requirements regarding mandatory reporting of abuse as the

law then exists. The organization will fully cooperate with the investigation of the incident

by civil authorities.

4. The insurance company will be notified, and the organization will complete an incident

report. Any documents received relating to the incident and/or allegations will

immediately be forwarded to the insurance company.

5. The organization will designate a spokesperson to the media concerning incidents of

abuse or neglect. The advice of legal counsel will be sought before responding to media

inquiries or releasing information about the situation to the congregation. All other

representatives of the organization should refrain from speaking to the media.

6. A pastoral visit will be arranged for those who desire it. This should be for the purpose

of providing pastoral support during the time of crisis and not for the purpose of

investigating the incident or influencing the investigation.

7. Any person who is not found innocent of the alleged abuse or misconduct will be

removed from their position working with children or youth.

You Also May Want to Consider the Following Provisions Regarding Child Protection

Open Door Policy

Classroom doors should remain open unless there is a window in the door or a side window

beside it. Doors should never be locked while persons are inside the room.

Teenage Workers

We recognize that there may be times when it is necessary or desirable for babysitters (paid or

volunteer) who are themselves under age 18 to assist in caring for children during programs or

activities. The following guidelines apply to teenage workers:

• Must be at least age 14.

• Must be screened as specified above.

• Must be under the supervision of an adult and must never be left alone with children.

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Check-in/Check-out Procedure

For children below third grade, a security check-in/check-out procedure will be followed. The

child will be signed in by a parent or guardian, who will receive a “child check” for the child

similar to a claim check. The parent or guardian must present the “child check” in order to sign

out the child from our care. In the event that a parent or guardian is unable to present the “child

check,” <INSERT TITLE OF CHILD CARE LEADER> will be contacted. <TITLE> will be

responsible for releasing the child to the care of a parent or guardian after discussing the

surrounding circumstances with the parent or guardian.

Sick Child Policy

It is our desire to provide a healthy and safe environment for all of the children at

<CHURCH/TEMPLE NAME>. Parents are encouraged to be considerate of other children when

deciding whether to place a child under our care. In general, children with the following

symptoms should NOT be dropped off:

• Fever, diarrhea, or vomiting within the last 48 hours;

• Green or yellow runny nose;

• Eye or skin infections; and/or

• Other symptoms of communicable or infectious disease.

Children who are observed by our workers to be ill will be separated from other children and the

parent or guardian will be contacted to request that the child be picked up for the day.

Medications Policy

It is the policy of <CHURCH/TEMPLE NAME> not to administer either prescription or nonprescription medications to the children under our care. Medications should be administered by

a parent at home. Parents are reminded of our sick child policy.

Exceptions to the medications policy may be granted to parents of children with potentially lifethreatening conditions (such as asthma or severe allergic reactions). Parents of such children

should address their situation with <INSERT TITLE OFCHILD CARE LEADER> to develop a

plan of action.

Discipline Policy

It is the policy of <CHURCH/TEMPLE NAME> not to administer corporal punishment, even if

parents have suggested or given permission for it. There should be no spanking, grabbing,

hitting, or other physical discipline of children. Workers should consult with <INSERT TITLE OF

MINISTRY LEADER> if assistance is needed with disciplinary issues.

Child Protection Policy Sample

(Updated 04.18.16)

© 2016 GuideOne Center for Risk Management, LLC. All rights reserved.

This material is for information only and is not intended to provide legal or professional advice.

You are encouraged to consult with your own attorney or other expert consultants for a professional opinion specific to your situation.

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Restroom Guidelines

Children five years of age and younger should use a classroom bathroom if one is available. If a

classroom bathroom is not available, workers should escort a group of children to the hallway

bathroom. They should always go in a group, never taking a child to the bathroom alone. The

workers should check the bathroom first to make sure that it is empty, and then allow the

children inside. The workers should then remain outside the bathroom door and escort the

children back to the classroom. If a child is taking longer than seems necessary, the worker

should open the bathroom door and call the child's name. If a child requires assistance, the

workers should prop open the bathroom door, and leave the stall door open as they assist the

child.

For children over the age of five, at least one adult male should take boys to the restroom and at

least one adult female should take girls. The worker should check the bathroom first to make

sure that the bathroom is empty, and then allow the children inside. The worker should then

remain outside the bathroom door and escort the children back to the classroom.

For the protection of all, workers should never be alone with a child in a bathroom with the door

closed and never be in a closed bathroom stall with a child. Parents are strongly encouraged to

have their children visit the bathroom prior to each class.

Accidental Injuries to Children

In the event that a child or youth is injured while under our care, the following steps should be

followed:

1. For minor injuries, scrapes, and bruises, workers will provide First Aid (Band-Aids,

etc.) as appropriate and will notify the child’s parent or guardian of the injury at the

time the child is picked up from our care.

2. For injuries requiring medical treatment beyond simple First Aid, the parent and/or

guardian will immediately be summoned in addition to the worker’s supervisor. If

warranted by circumstances, an ambulance will be called.

3. Once the child has received appropriate medical attention, an incident report will be

completed in the case of injuries requiring treatment by a medical professional.

Training

<CHURCH/TEMPLE NAME> will provide training on this child protection policy to all new

childcare workers and will strive to provide opportunities for additional training classes or events

on an annual basis. All workers are strongly encouraged to attend these training events.

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