THE WEST CHESTER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

CHILD AND YOUTH SAFETY POLICY

Our objective at West Chester United Methodist Church is to strive to provide a safe, healthy environment for children and youth to reach their fullest potential as followers of God through Jesus Christ.

All youth will be treated with courtesy, respect, and Christian concern while attending programs and activities at our church. In all our programs for children and youth, their emotional, physical and spiritual well-being will be our first concern.

We will use the tools of screening, education, supervision, and careful program design to assist the adults of our church in providing a safe environment for youth.

All applicants must attend a training program aimed at providing a safe environment for children, youth, and vulnerable adults before their applications may be approved. This training shall include an explanation of the Safe Sanctuaries program including:

  • The need for Safe Sanctuaries policies and procedures
  • Supervision requirements
  • Appropriate discipline practices
  • Recognizing signs of child abuse
  • Reporting procedures.

The initial training shall occur prior to the adult having direct supervision of children, youth, or vulnerable adults. An annual review shall include a review of the Safe Sanctuaries policies, procedures for supervision, and current information on how to identify and report child or vulnerable adult abuse.

Click here to download our Child and Youth Safety Policy.