PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Dear Friends,

Like me, I know you care deeply about the children and youth placed in your church’s care. Churches play a vital role in children’s intellectual, social, spiritual and physical development. God has entrusted us to nurture and care for these children, a task we accept with gratitude and seriousness.

Protecting the vulnerable is core to our identity as Christ-followers. In doing so, we rely on the cumulative result of the wisdom of experts in this field, as well as legal counsel and youth and children’s ministry directors. Every church needs an effective program for protecting children. The rates of abuse are horrific, and over 90% of juvenile sex abuse victims know their abuser in some way. Child abuse is consistently the biggest single reason for litigation against churches.

C4SO will not tolerate any form of child abuse involving clergy, lay employees, volunteers or other persons. Everyone who serves the church through educational, pastoral, recreational or other activities is expected to maintain the highest biblical standards in relationships with those to whom they minister, avoiding any form of misconduct against children, including sexual behavior. Thus, we have a 5-Step Protection Program in places that involves screening, training, interacting, monitoring and responding.

We’re here to support you however you need, and we stand ready to collaborate with local parish leadership to provide pastoral care and resources. We must hold one another accountable to care for the least of these, as we seek to live out our Kingdom mission for the sake of others.

In His Service,

Bishop Todd Hunter

Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 22:6 (ESV)

I appreciate that C4SO has put together this program to make sure that our children are safe.  As a child sexual abuse victim, it means a lot to me!  I am so glad to see that we as an organization of spiritual communities are tending to this challenge. 

– Volunteer from a C4SO congregation

REPORT SUSPECTED SEXUAL ABUSE OF A CHILD

UPCOMING DEADLINES

Details here 

Thu 9/21 Signed Acknowledgment of Receipt form due to Sheila@C4SO.org

Fri 10/6All clergy, staff and volunteers must have completed MinistrySafe

Mon 10/16All National Sex Offender and Criminal Checks and Screening Statements updated for staff and volunteers

Sat 10/21Co-signed Certificate of Compliance due to Sheila@c4so.org

C4SO CHILD PROTECTION HOME
MINISTRYSAFE TRAINING
CHILD PROTECTION POLICY MANUAL
IMPLEMENTATION GUIDE FOR CONGREGATION COORDINATORS
WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?
BIBLICAL FOUNDATION
HELPFUL RESOURCES
CHILD PROTECTION WORKSHOP