This manual is a must-have for churches & ministries to protect & safeguard children
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.
This handbook, authored and edited by a multidisciplinary team of child abuse experts, is designed for use by a group that will be formulating policies and procedures to protect children and deal with possible child abuse in their ministry, school, and/or church. Working through this book will assist churches and ministries to assess their current child abuse polices and then guide them through each step they need to take to address the safety of children under their care. It will cover vitally important topics including:
-Protecting the children in a Christian environment from child abuse -The warning signs of child abuse -Crafting and implement a child protection policy -Responding to abuse allegations -Caring for victims of child abuse -The legal implications and requirements for churches and Christian ministries
Written by a GRACE team with multi-disciplinary knowledge, headed by Boz Tchividjian, a lawyer and former child abuse prosecutor, this handbook will be an invaluable resource to Christians who are seeking to educate themselves and others about child abuse and how to best protect the little ones under their care.
G.R.A.C.E (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) is a nonprofit organization made up of highly trained, experienced multidisciplinary professionals who seek to educate and empower the Christian community to identify, confront, and respond to the sin of child abuse.
Sadly, the world that we are currently living in and raising our children in has led to the need for this book. Church and ministries should be a safe haven and a place where everyone feels safe and protected, but that is no longer the case for many. The GRACE organization has does a great job with putting together this book for church leaders to refer to and be sure that there are policies in place to protect our children. Divided into 5 sections, this book contains a wealth of information. Starting out with the foundation for needing this and how to best start to actually following and implementing the designed policy and also how to handle issues that may arise including if the policy is violated. Social media is addressed as this allows contact in various ways and can result in inappropriate and abusive action and behaviors. This is something that leaders need to be aware of and considered while creating a policy and for those working in any kind of capacity with children. This is a great resource, highly recommended!