Safe Sanctuary

SIMPSONWOOD IS A SAFE SANCTUARY CHURCH! 

Are our children safe? Are our volunteers safe? 

Many churches across the country have learned the hard way that bad things can happen in a church that can scar children and adults for life. There are churches where the unscrupulous go with the intention of harming a child or falsely accusing a volunteer of child abuse in order to bring suit against the church and its workers.

In 1996, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church mandated that all United Methodist Churches have a plan to reduce the risk of child abuse. It is now required in the 2008 Book of Discipline.

Through screening, training, implementing policy and procedures and a reporting strategy, we seek to:

•  Protect our children and youth from pedophiles and vulnerable adults from physical abuse and financial exploitation

•  Support workers in case of frivolous lawsuit of alleged abuse


We screen and we train all paid and volunteer workers 

All workers, paid and volunteer, are screened through reference and background checks. Each worker is required to complete an application and attend training on policy and procedures.


Safe Sanctuary Training Dates 

Training sessions are offered throughout the year as needed.  Upcoming training sessions are listed below.  To learn more about the training session, please contact Linda Romarion.  

THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO TRAINING SESSIONS SCHEDULED


Our Purpose 

Our purpose for this policy and accompanying procedures is to demonstrate our absolute and unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all our children, youth, and vulnerable adults.


Statement of Covenant 

As a Christian community of faith, we pledge to conduct God's ministry in ways that assure the safety and spiritual growth of our children, youth, and vulnerable adults as well as workers with them. We will:

•  Follow reasonable safety measures in the selection and recruitment of paid and volunteer workers

•  Implement prudent operational procedures in all programs and events

•  Train our workers with children and youth regarding policies and methods including first aid and discipline

•  Implement a clearly defined procedure for reporting suspected incidents of abuse, conforming to the requirements of state law and for responding to media inquiries if an incident occurs.


What does this mean for us? 

Background checks will be done on all workers, paid and volunteer seeking to work with children and youth along with the application and interview process. After all paperwork is compiled and reviewed, "cleared" volunteers become certified to work with our children and youth. All information is kept confidential. Training on our policy and procedures completes the certification.


Downloadable Forms: 

Accident Report Form

Incident Report Form

Suspected Abuse Report Form