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Safe Sanctuaries

Sunday, August 1, 2021
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August 1, 2021

The General Conference mandate of 1996 requires all United Methodist Churches to implement policies and procedures to prevent the risk of abuse of children, youth and vulnerable adults.

Each local church context is unique. As such, each church should gather a team to create, review, update and enforce a Safe Sanctuaries policy that meets the needs of their individual context. Rev. Joy Thornburg Melton wrote a book titled Safe Sanctuaries that offers insight into the need for such policies and procedures, as well as guidance for writing and implementing a church policy.
 

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Learning Resources

IN-PERSON TRAINING RESOURCES

The following resources are available for local church leaders to facilitate Safe Sanctuaries training for their congregations: If you'd like to bring in a conference-trained trainer to facilitate Safe Sanctuaries training for your congregation, please contact Havaleh Havelka, Training and Resource Specialist, at hhavelka@wnccumc.org and she will connect you with a trainer.


ONLINE TRAINING

Free online training for policy leaders and local church volunteers is now available to all! To request access this online training website, please contact Havaleh Havelka.

Additionally, you may watch this recorded webinar about Safe Sanctuaries considerations when offering church space as a community internet hotspot. Click the YouTube link on the video to view on YouTube and enlarge the player window.

EXTERNAL RESOURCES


BOOK RESOURCES (Available for lending from the Resource Center)

  • Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth by Joy Thornburg Melton
  • Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World by Joy Thornburg Melton and Michelle L. Foster (Beckerleg)
  • Safe Sanctuaries: The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults by Joy Thornburg Melton

 


Policy Resources

The following resources are available for local church leaders as they write/review their policies and procedures:

 

BOOK RESOURCES (Available for lending from the Resource Center)

  • Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth by Joy Thornburg Melton
  • Safe Sanctuaries in a Virtual World by Joy Thornburg Melton and Michelle L. Foster (Beckerleg)
  • Safe Sanctuaries: The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults by Joy Thornburg Melton

 


Recursos en Español

Los siguientes recursos están disponibles para los líderes de la iglesia local mientras escriben / revisan sus políticas y procedimientos:

 

Background Checks

One factor in Safe Sanctuaries policies is the utilization of national background checks to screen staff and volunteer candidates before they supervise children, youth or vulnerable adults. Additionally, individuals should pass a DMV check before they drive on behalf of the church. Each church may determine the frequency of these checks and should include this in their policy. The conference recommends that each staff member or volunteer complete a national background check at least every three years.

The Western NC Conference partners with PeopleFacts (formerly known as Trak-1 Technologies), an accredited provider of background screening, to safely and securely screen employees, contractors and volunteers. The conference recommends that local churches also sign up with PeopleFacts for low-cost screening. Then, local church volunteers who would like to volunteer for events or participate in mission work at the conference level do not need to undergo duplicative screening.

 


Trainer Portal

Have you completed a Safe Sanctuaries Trainer workshop hosted by the conference? Click here to access your training resources.
 


Staff Support

Rev. Michelle Foster-Beckerleg, Safe Sanctuaries Consultant
mfoster@wnccumc.net 

Havaleh Havelka, Training and Resource Specialist
704.535.2260
hhavelka@wnccumc.org

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