Child Protection Policy
At First United Methodist Church we believe that children and youth are precious to God and to the church. Therefore, we are dedicated to ensuring that all children in our care continue to grow healthily, happily and spiritually in a safe and caring Christian environment. As a result, we have developed and continue to implement policies for the protection of child physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse.In 1997 our church wrote a Child Protection Policy. After defining inappropriate as well as permitted conduct, what to do about high risk situations, and assigning responsibility for implementation, the Policy covers the important areas of Recruiting and Selection of Workers, Worker Supervision, Reporting Procedures, and Responding to Reports of Abuse.
All workers with children and youth, including volunteers as well as staff persons, must receive the training. They also must return an application, provide two personal references and consent to a criminal records background check. The policy is very specific as to who can and cannot work with our children.
Thankfully, no allegations have ever been made. We are grateful for that and intend to keep it that way.
For more information, contact Joyce Showerman or call the church office at 663-3524