Abuse Prevention

Conduct education for staff and volunteers on abuse prevention awareness in the context of positive sexuality education for children, youth, and parents/guardians at least every other year, including such topics as safer internet use and bystander and anti-bullying education.

Hold annual training for all staff (even non-children’s ministry staff) and regular volunteers about how to spot physical and sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is particularly easy to overlook and presents itself through peculiar behaviors. Ensure your staff and volunteers know who to go to if they suspect any child is suffering from physical or sexual abuse. The religious educator, minister, or president of the congregation are often designated to talk through concerns.

Training on Identification of Child Abuse and Neglect