Child protection


Recommendations for Positive Action

There are many ways the church can respond to varied adverse conditions of children, not the least of which is when children are victims of child abuse. These recommendations for positive action from the Conditions of Childhood statement are just as applicable now as they were when written in 1986, and they are just as applicable to child protection issues in our churches as they are to those issues in our families.

Please prayerfully consider these recommendations for positive action in your congregation.
--Family Life Ministry of the Church of the Brethren

Child Abuse Prevention Month: April

Go to Child Abuse Prevention Month resources for educational and worship planning information for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Children and Trauma Resources in Spanish and English

Trauma: Helping your child cope
Trauma: Ayudándo a su niño a sobreponerse
Parenting tips
Consejos para los padres
Ending corporal punishment of children – a handbook for worship and gatherings
Anti-bullying resources

Child protection policies
Please consult an attorney for legal advice. 

How to develop a child protection policy

Brotherhood Mutual - Click on "Resources" at the top of their home page. Select "Children and Youth" from their Safety Library for articles, forms, and guidebooks related to child protection. Their Background Screening section under the "Resources" tab contains comprehensive resources for screening staff and volunteers.

GuideOne Insurance - Their Children and Youth Safety Resources section under the Safety Resources tab offers downloadable resources related to child protection and background checks.

Reducing the Risk - Visit their website or call (800) 222-1840 to order Reducing the Risk: Keeping Your Ministry Safe from Child Sexual Abuse training materials, including training DVDs, leader’s guides, trainee workbooks, and screening forms and record files.

Sample congregational child protection policies

Annville Church of the Brethren (Word / PDF)
Antioch Church of the Brethren (Virlina District) (Word / PDF)
Beacon Heights Church of the Brethren (Word / PDF)
Brandts Church of the Brethren (Word / PDF)
Lititz Church of the Brethren (Word / PDF)
Manchester Church of the Brethren (Word / PDF)
Skyridge Church of the Brethren (Word / PDF)

What if an offender wishes to attend our church?

See this guide for congregations on safely including persons who have committed sexual offenses, from Dove's Nest.

Guidance for developing a policy that addresses your congregation’s response to the participation of a known perpetrator of abuse is also available at these websites:

FaithTrust Institute
GuideOne Center for Risk Management

Camping programs and child protection

American Camping Association