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Balancing Acts

Keeping Children Safe in Congregations

By Rev. Debra Haffner

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Introduction and Overview
  3. Congregation Policies and Practices
  4. During a Crisis
  5. Keeping Children and Youth Safe
  6. Educating Children for Prevention
  7. Educating Adults in the Congregation
  8. When Abuse is Suspected
  9. Support for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
  10. Guidelines for Involving Sex Offenders

    1. Introduction
    2. Steps to Take
    3. Youth Who May be Abusers
  11. Background Information on Child Abuse, Pedophilia, and Sex Offenders
  12. A Case Study: A Sex Offender in Church
  13. Appendices

    1. Draft Limited Access Agreement
    2. Sample Screening Form
    3. Sample Agreement to Teach
    4. Code of Ethics
  14. Helpful Organizations
  15. About the Author
  16. Footnotes

About the Author

Debra Haffner

Debra Haffner

The Rev. Debra W. Haffner is director of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing and a community minister with the Unitarian Church in Westport, Connecticut. Her books include Beyond the Big Talk, From Diapers to Dating, and What Every 21st-Century Parent Needs to Know. She is the author of "...

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