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The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide for Churches and Ministries

Price Coming August 7, 2017

Product Description

Churches have always sought to be a safe haven for children and families, but many today are dealing with the tragic reality of child sexual abuse. For the first time in history, this issue is finally being acknowledged by churches and faith communities. But the task of developing a policy to keep children safe can seem too overwhelming—it feels like an impossible task to plan for every contingency. This results in churches neglecting to put working safety plans in place, leaving themselves, and the children they care for, vulnerable.

This handbook, supported by a multidisciplinary team of child abuse experts, is designed to help churches and faith communities formulate policies and procedures to protect children and deal with possible child abuse in their ministries, school, and church. By walking through a wide range of scenarios, this book will assist churches and ministries to assess their current child abuse policies and guide them through each step they should take to address the safety of children under their care.

Covering vitally important topics including the warning signs of abuse, how to respond to abuse allegations and care for victims, and the legal implications and requirements for churches and Christian ministries, working through this book will guide churches and Christian ministries in creating and implementing policies to protect children in a Christian environment from child abuse. This handbook is an invaluable resource for Christians who are seeking to educate themselves and others about child abuse and how they can best protect the little ones under their care.

  • Written by Boz Tchividjian, director of GRACE and a lawyer and former child abuse prosecutor, and Shira M. Berkovits, a psychologist and attorney who has worked on issues of youth advocacy, child protection, and criminal justice reform.
  • Supported by a multidisciplinary team of child abuse experts.
  • Provides clear direction on how to create and implement a plan to help keep children under the care of Christian adults safe.
  • Discusses the legal issues that each church and ministry should address in their child safety policies.
  • Covers warning signs of possible child abuse and how to care for victims.
  • Offers advice on how to respond to abuse allegations, including current legal obligations. 


Other Details

Basyle Tchividjian and Shira M. Berkovits

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