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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide for Churches and Ministries

G.R.A.C.E (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) is a nonprofit organization made up of highly trained, experienced multidisciplinary professionals who seek to educate and empower the Christian community to identify, confront, and respond to the sin of child abuse.
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Churches have always sought to be a safe haven for children and families, but many today are dealing with the tragic reality of child sexual abuse.
This handbook, authored and edited by a multidisciplinary team of child abuse experts, is designed for use by a group that will be formulating policies and procedures to protect children and deal with possible child abuse in their ministry, school, and/or church. Working through this book will assist churches and ministries to assess their current child abuse polices and then guide them through each step they need to take to address the safety of children under their care. It will cover vitally important topics including:
-Protecting the children in a Christian environment from child abuse
-The warning signs of child abuse
-Crafting and implement a child protection policy
-Responding to abuse allegations
-Caring for victims of child abuse
-The legal implications and requirements for churches and Christian ministries
Written by a GRACE team with multi-disciplinary knowledge, headed by Boz Tchividjian, a lawyer and former child abuse prosecutor, this handbook will be an invaluable resource to Christians who are seeking to educate themselves and others about child abuse and how to best protect the little ones under their care.
My Thoughts:,
Basyle Tchividjian and Shira M. Berkovits (authors) and New Growth Press (publishers) have compiled an invaluable resource for churches.  Tchividjian, a former child-abuse prosecutor, and Berkovits, founder and CEO of Sacred Spaces, a cross-denominational initiative to create systemic solutions to abuse in communal institutions, have teamed up to help places of worship take care of the most vulnerable among us...our little ones.
Because we understand the great responsibility of protecting our children and because of the unavoidable dangers in our world, The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide is needed, now more than ever.  This well organized and detailed guide can be used alone or in conjunction with GRACE's Child Safeguarding Certification.  This book holds everything a church staff needs to understand the need, train volunteers, and implement policies that will help a church body protect and love children.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions here are my own.