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Write it Down!
At first it can seem overwhelming to need to write everything down, but this is a crucial step in protecting those of all ages in the church. This step will help communicate clarity and standards. It takes time. Just start.
The Insurance Board has already done a lot of the work for you. They have an online Policy Template that can be changed and updated to fit the needs of your church.
Check with your insurance agency to see what forms they provide and information they need.
Policies are something that need to remain consistent. These are to be the expectations set forth by the congregation to make sure that the pastor and those serving the church are following the correct guidelines and that their are appropriate ways to respond during a crisis situation.
Click here for BASIC FORM TEMPLATES
For ALL Adults Working Consistently With Children (On File)
Application, Reference, and Background Check Disclosure Form
Reference Interview Forms
Background Check Results
Signed Code of Conduct (A copy should be given to adult)
Signed Discipline Response Form
Transportation Information (Copy of License, Signed Agreement, etc.)
CPR Training (Suggested)
Online Training, Praesidium (Suggested)
Up-to-Date Reconciliation Training (Suggested)
For those Under 18
Click here for entire minor file folder
Medical Treatment Permission
Permission to Drive
Permission for those to Pick-Up
Sharing Information Permission
Technology Permission (Facebook, Twitter, Text Messages, E-mail, etc.)
Camps, Mission Trips, Etc.
(More Information can be found in Safety Basics: Steps 8-9 and at the American Camp Association)
Basic Forms For Campers
Medical Information and Permission (including mental situations)
Permission Forms (Photos, Videos, Media, Technology, Transportation, etc.)
Covenant of Conduct
Adventure Activity Releases
Adults (same, plus)
Forms Once a Year
People in churches like routine. Find a time, once a year to update all the forms. Make sure it is dated, and you can use these forms beyond weekly meetings.
There is a lot of information for parents to cover with their children. Give them the option of just putting initials in some places. Give them areas to explain their wants and needs.
When children bring friends, then the church becomes responsible. It is difficult to welcome a child and still have permission for the safety of that child without all the paperwork. Create a shorter version for a one time visitor for a weekly meeting. Put it on the church website so children can bring it. (Click here for an example.)
If your church does not have a lawyer, your region/conference usually does. As you put this information together check with someone who can guide you.
Check your State Regulations
Click here to find basic requirements for your state. These are good guidelines to follow for safety.
At Least 3 People - ALWAYS
At least 3 people should always be involved in every aspect of creating, working, and responding to children's safety in ministry. Never work or participate alone.
There are trainings everywhere, even online, to help keep everyone up-to-date. Make sure your church budget has a line item to help cover basic backgrounds, CPR, and other necessary safety trainings.
This page was last updated by OU 9/21
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