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Understanding and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect

Abuse and neglect of children occurs in families from all walks of life, of all incomes, religions and ethnicities. Factors contributing to neglect and abuse include: parent or caregiver risk factors, family risk factors, child risk factors, and environmental risk factors.

Child Abuse and Neglect: Risk and Protective Factors

Understanding risk factors can help professionals working with children and families identify maltreatment and high-risk situations so they can intervene appropriately. Although children are not responsible for the harm inflicted upon them, certain characteristics have been found to increase their risk of being maltreated.

PREVENTION

Why a Nashville Priest is Reminding His Congregation to Report Suspected Child Abuse Immediately

In response to news of a lawsuit filed against a local school in Nashville, TN, the Rev. Thomas McKenzie, who leads church of the Redeemer, wasted no time reminding his congregation that suspected child abuse within their community should be reported to law enforcement immediately. McKenzie emphasized the need for churches to revisit their obligation to children in their care.

Protecting Our Children from Abuse and Neglect

Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a relative or a caregiver, you can make a difference and help the children you love grow up in a caring, loving environment. Protecting children includes understanding the nature of child sexual abuse, what a child needs most, and why abuse happens.

PASTORAL CARE

Caring for Victims of Sexual Abuse

It’s imperative in our churches not only to openly recognize the prevalence of sexual abuse, but also to “connect the dots” to the person and work of Jesus.

The Trauma of Abuse and the Blessing of Repentance

The Lord blesses and protects those who are wronged; he sides with the powerless and the oppressed. He also amazingly offers grace and blessing to the oppressors who have abused power, though that blessing can only come on the far side of repentance.

Pastoral Care, Confidentiality, and Sexual Abuse

As the spiritual shepherds of congregations, pastors are viewed as trustworthy authorities and granted the privilege of caregiving in various life situations. But what should a pastor do when a congregant confides that he or she has been or is being sexually abused; or when someone in the congregation exposes instances of sexual abuse involving others?

These are suggested resources that you may find helpful. These are independent sources whose opinions may not reflect or represent the views or position of C4SO. Their inclusion here is not meant to imply endorsement by C4SO.

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

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