CHILD AND YOUTH PROTECTION PROGRAM
Protecting the Children - Protecting the Church - Protecting Yourself
Unfortunately, sexual misconduct against children is a growing problem in
our country, and yes, even in the Church. Southern Mutual Church Insurance
offers liability coverage to protect churches after an incident has
occurred. However, we want to help churches prevent the abuse from happening
in the first place. We have committed to providing this help in several
First, download the Child Youth Protection Manual, or click the link at
the bottom. This manual is full of useful tips your church can
use as safeguards for your children. There are also several ready-to-use
forms, such as an evaluation checklist and a volunteer worker application.
This manual is free and we encourage you to save it and print as many copies
as you need.
Second, we have several representatives ready to present our Child and
Youth Protection Workshop to your church leaders and volunteers. This hour
long workshop will equip you with the information you need to start a
prevention program at your church or enhance the one you already have in
place. Please contact Matthew Quinton at 803-776-9365 to make an
We are pleased to provide recommendations for two vendors that provide
screening services. Intellicorp and SingleSource Services are available for
purchasing background checks on volunteers, employees and staff members as
needed. For more information on services available, pricing, and ordering
instructions, please visit the links below.
Learning the Facts
- Experts estimate that one in four girls and one in six boys
are sexually abused before their eighteenth birthday.
- The average age for reported sexual abuse is nine years old.
- Twenty-two percent of victims are under the age of eight,
and Only one in ten child victims report the abuse.
- Children who are sexually abused and do not “tell” are at a
far greater risk than the general population for a host of psychological,
emotional, social, and physical problems, often lasting into adulthood.
Minimize opportunity for abuse by eliminating one-adult/one-child
situations. Talk about it. Understand why children often keep abuse a
secret. Stay alert to signs of possible sexual abuse.
Reducing the Risk
Here are some simple ideas your church can implement to help reduce the
risk of sexual abuse in your congregation:
- Establish screening procedures for all volunteers.
- Run background checks on employees and volunteers.
- Institute a minimum six-month waiting period for
- Provide periodic and continuous training for staff and
- Maintain proper student/teacher ratios.
- Be sure all rooms where children and youth meet have
windows in the doors.
- Eliminate one child-one adult interaction at all
- Provide counseling only in rooms where the door has a
window or the door can be kept open at all times.
- Never counsel or meet one-on-one at someone’s home.