Kids Safe Resources:
Please note: All mission teams working with children or youth must be Kids Safe certified. This requires that each team member have a valid background check within the past three years, as well as child protection training.
YOUR MISSION TEAM MUST:
Ensure that everyone on your team has had a valid background check within the last three years.
Ensure that everyone on your team has gone through some form of child protection training.
For information on why and how to do background screening, see this resource from our partner, Brotherhood Mutual.
If your church needs help running background checks for your volunteers, we recommend the following services:
Child Protection Training
If your church does not have child protection training in place, you may use the following video. All members of your team must complete the video training.
Keeping Children Safe (34-minute video overview)
Developing a Plan
We highly recommend that every church develop their own child safety and security policies. This should include getting advice from an independent, qualified attorney who can address state and local laws. You may consider watching the MinistrySafe Video series to think about issues that should be addressed in your policies.
Samples from the Guide
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance
Here are a few of the suggestions you’ll find addressed in Child Protection in a Ministry Environment – Guidelines for Ministry Workers:
Implement a screening program for anyone who will work with children in your ministry.
Adopt a written policy for people who work with children and youth.
Use a system in your nursery or child care center to ensure that children are released only to the appropriate adults.
Be sure that all nurseries and child care rooms have windows in the doors to allow outside supervision.
Require at least two adults to supervise all programs involving children or youth at your organization.