An Abuse Prevention and Safety Policy and Procedures is a document that is created by each unique organization to help have proactive preventions in place that will reduce their risk in situations while providing ministry to any vulnerable persons.
If I purchase one of the resources listed on Simply Safe, is that book/document our Abuse Prevention and Safety Policy and Procedures Document?
All of the listed resources on Simply Safe are created with the intent to act as guides, or encyclopedias for organizations from which to draft a policy and procedures document that will be unique to their environments. They each would have the highest standard of recommended policies for various environments. Each organization should take time to use one of the resources listed as a model from which to draft their own Abuse Prevention and Safety Policy and Procedures document.
This site is an Online Resource Centre that will assist you in finding materials or organizations that can help you begin creating your own policy and procedures. A first step could be to download the Robertson Hall article “Abuse Prevention Plan Checklist” and/or reach out to one of the listed organizations for assistance, or purchase some of the materials mentioned from which to create your own Abuse Prevention and Safety Policy and Procedures.
No. If you look into any of the resources available that will help you create your unique policy and procedures, they all will say that a system needs to be in place to reduce risk to anyone who would be considered a Vulnerable Person. This includes but wouldn’t be limited to children, youth, seniors needing assistance, disabled persons needing any assistance, etc
The board of the organization would be best to put this document together, with input from staff members. This should not be something that only the Children Ministry Leadership of an organization creates, as this policy and procedure should go beyond only reducing the risk of children.
The role of Simply Safe is to help act as an Online Resource Centre to church leaders, pointing them to the professional organizations and/or materials available that would be best suited for answering specific questions related to safe practice policy and procedures.