I hope you will take Responsible
Staffing, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s “Guidelines on
Screening Practices When Adding Clergy, Professional Leaders, Staff, and
Volunteers,” with the seriousness it deserves. Its purpose: to protect people in
our congregations—children, teenagers, and persons made vulnerable by
disability, grief, or advanced age.
Though its purpose is simple, its implementation will take patient work by
the multitude of boards of trustees and search and personnel committees in our
congregations and UU organizations, and a (modest) financial commitment as well.
My plea is that you do not let the work or the expense deter you. By
implementing these guidelines and those recommended in the companion Safe
Congregations Workbook II, your congregation or organization will indeed
become the safer place it must be.
Not long ago in the Boston area the entire board of trustees of a well-known
private school was indicted for failure to report the alleged sexual abuse of
one student by others. I urge you to recognize that the changed world in which
we live calls us to a new level of duty and care.
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Last updated on Friday, April 22, 2011.
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