Child Protection Policy Requirements

Child Protection Policy Requirements 2016

God intends for the church and its ministries to be a safe place for all to encounter God and grow into lives of service and fulfillment. We are called to a holy community: “As the one who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:15)baby and adult hand

Safe church policies help protect the most vulnerable among us, especially our children from the devastating effects of abuse. Polices also protect churches, church staff, and volunteers from possible false allegations of abuse. Everyone is safer when policies are in place.

The Book of Order (G-3.0106) requires that all councils shall adopt and implement a sexual misconduct policy and a child protection policy.

The Presbytery of Newton has set a goal to have all sessions in the presbytery adopt a Child Policy by the end of 2016.

There is help and training for developing your Child Protection Policy.

Child Protection Policy Workshop # 1 ( 1 hour workshop offered twice at the Presbytery meeting)
May 10, 2016 starting around 3:30 pm. First Presbyterian Church of Stanhope, 100 Main Street, Stanhope, NJ

In this workshop we will review basic elements which every policy should have as well as share samples and additional resources to help churches in creating or reviewing  their policies.

Child Protection Policy Workshop # 2
June 4, 2016, 10 am to noon
First Presbyterian Church of Blairstown, 1 Main Street, Blairstown, NJ

In this workshop we will review the basic elements of a Child Protection Policy, provide assistance with creating the policy and the training for adults working with children.

The Newton Presbytery Resourcing Center is available to provide guidance on creating  or updating  your church’s policy – offering sample policies and best practices suggestions. If  you have a question, contact Resourcing  Coordinator Stefanie  Muntzel at 973-361-0084 or 973-722-2304 or email [email protected]