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Safe Church Policy

The aim of this policy is to make our Church a safe place: safe for those who worship, safe for those who minister, safe for those who come in need, safe for children and safe for all who seek or serve Christ. We believe that this policy helps us live out our Baptismal covenant to respect the dignity of every human being.

Screening and selection for ministry with children and youth

The parish will do background checks on all employees or volunteers who regularly work with children or youth. Check will include a written application, a public records check, an interview, and a reference check through “Secure Search”. In addition, volunteers will not be permitted to work with children or youth until they have been known to church leaders for at least six months.

Behavioral standards for ministry with children or youth

Adults shall never, under any circumstances:

  •  provide children or youth with non-sacramental alcohol, illegal drugs or pornography,
  •  consume non-sacramental alcohol or illegal drugs or misuse legal drugs at any children’s or youth event,
  • be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs or the misuse of legal drugs at any children’s or youth event,
  •  engage in illegal behavior or permit other adults or children or youth to engage in illegal behavior,
  • engage in any sexual, romantic, illicit or secretive relationship or conduct with any child or youth,
  • discuss their own sexual activities or fantasies with children or youth.

Firearms and concealed weapons are prohibited at any church activity.
Monitoring programs and intractionswith children and youth
    1. Plans for all events and ministries for children and youth should include at least two, unrelated adults present at all times. If unanticipated circumstances
result in an adult being alone with
children or youths, that adult shall immediately report those circumstances to the Rector, or Senior Warden. It may be acceptable for a Church School class to have only one teacher so long as at least one other adult can maintain visual contact with the teacher.
    
2. Any new programs, trips or events that involve children or youth should be given prior approval by the Rector and the Vestry.

     3. No event for children or youth shall take place in a private residence without prior approval by the vestry.

     4. Adults who work with children or youth within a congregation are discouraged from having a separate and private relationship with any unrelated child from the church away from sanctioned church, youth activities.


Christ Church will have a Safe Church Minister who is current in relevant training and who should should be consulted by the Rector, Vestry members or others on safe church matters, and should report all questionable or non-standard arrangements to the Rector or a Warden.

Parish computers, including those in the Church Office and the Rector’s office will have adequate password protection.

Education and training

All employees and volunteers who regularly work with children or youth must attend training on how to prevent child abuse and promote healthy boundaries in church settings. The parish will maintain a record of those who have attended such training.

Responding to concerns

Anyone who knows of a violation of these policies shall immediately report the violation to the Rector and Senior Warden.

Anyone who has reason to suspect that child abuse has taken place, whether at church or away from church, shall report it to the appropriate civil authority.


Contact information

Senior Warden /Safe Church Minister: Steve McKeown
Steven.mckeown@jud.state.ma.us
508 450 8409