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Balancing Acts: Keeping Children Safe in Congregations

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
  11. Introduction
  12. Steps to Take
  13. Youth Who May be Abusers
  14. Background Information on Child Abuse, Pedophilia, and Sex Offenders
  15. A Case Study: A Sex Offender in Church
  16. Appendices
  17. Draft Limited Access Agreement
  18. Sample Screening Form
  19. Sample Agreement to Teach
  20. Code of Ethics
  21. Helpful Organizations
  22. About the Author
  23. Footnotes

About the Author

Debra Haffner

The Rev. Debra W. Haffner is the Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Reston, and the President Emerita and co-founder of the Religious Institute. 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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