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Each child will be "surrounded by steadfast love, ... established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in a way that leads to life eternal" (Baptismal Covenant II, United Methodist Hymnal, page 44)

Washington Boro United Methodist Church
Child Abuse Policy

Purpose

The Safe Sanctuary policy of the United Methodist Church has been established to help protect children, youth, and vulnerable adults as they come to worship. This policy has been designed to reduce the risk of sexual abuse and provide a safe environment for all children, youth, adults, members, volunteers, visitors, and paid staff. This policy also provides a system to respond to those victims of sexual abuse and those who have been charged with sexual abuse.

Statement of Covenant

As a Christian community of faith and a congregation of the United Methodist Church, we pledge to conduct the ministry of the gospel in ways that will be healthy and wholesome for our children and provide protection to them and the adult volunteers that work with them. We will follow reasonable safety measures in the selection and recruitment of workers; we will implement prudent operational procedures in all programs and events; we will educate our workers with children and youth regarding the use of all appropriate policies and methods (including first aid and discipline); we will have a clearly defined procedure for reporting a suspected incidence of abuse that conforms to the requirements of state law; and we will be prepared to respond to media inquiries if a reported abuse occurs.

Procedures

  1. All workers with children and youth will fill out an Employment Application and Volunteer Application. This form will be processed and filed.

  2. All workers with children and youth will fill out a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance. This form will be processed and filed. It must be renewed every three years.

  3. All workers with children and youth will fill out a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Report. This form will be processed and filed. It must be renewed every three years.

  4. All workers with children and youth who have not been a resident of Pennsylvania at any time during the past five years need to be fingerprinted. This includes the pastor of the church even though he / she has been a resident of the state of Pennsylvania.

  5. If an incidence of child abuse occurs, a Report of Suspected Incidence of Child Abuse must be completed and the incident handled by the Administrative Board. Proper reporting procedures are outlined in the church’s Safe Sanctuary Policy.

  6. If an accident occurs, the person having the accident must fill out an Accident Report. The report will be reviewed by the Administrative Council, processed, and filed.

Internet Usage & Computing Resources Policy

We recognize the vast information resources of the Internet with the intention of increasing productivity and enhancing church-related communications. There is also justifiable concern that it can be misused. Such misuse can waste time, potentially violate laws, ordinances or other church policies, garner negative publicity for the church, and potentially expose it to significant legal liabilities.

Policy Provisions

  1. Users are required to refrain from any activity that would have a negative impact on the church.

  2. Users will not send any unsolicited mass e-mails.

  3. Participation in blogs, newsgroups, or chats in the course of church business may do so when relative to their duties or service within the church.

  4. The display of any kind of obscene image or document on any WBUMC computing resource will be a violation of our policy on sexual harassment and is prohibited. Obscene material may not be archived, stored, distributed, edited, or recorded using the WBUMC network, printing, or computing resources.

  5. Inappropriate computer use is prohibited. Examples are

  • Accessing content that promotes hate language, harassments, or threats.

  •  Accessing content that ridicules others on the basis of race, creed, religion, sex, disability, nationality, or sexual orientation.

  •  Creating, downloading, viewing, storing, copying, or transmitting sexually oriented or sexually explicit material (i.e., pornography, child pornography)

  •  Gambling

  •  Participating in or promoting any partisan political activity.

  •  Recommending products or services as being endorsed by WBUMC or the United Methodist Church.

This internet policy and computing resources policy must not be used to knowingly violate the laws and regulations of the United States and any other nation, or the laws and regulations of any state, city, province, or local jurisdiction in any material way. All students using the computer resources of WBUMC shall be supervised.

In all of our ministries with children, youth, and vulnerable adults, the congregation is committed to demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ so that all will be surrounded with steadfast love, established in the faith, and confirmed and strengthened in a way that leads to eternal life.

A copy of the Safe Sanctuary policy and the Internet and Computing Resources Policy is kept in the church office. They may be reviewed at any time by contacting the Pastor or the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees.

 

   

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