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Keeping Children Safe

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Training an entire congregation in Safe Sanctuaries may seem a daunting task, but it is important that everyone – adults, youth, children, and visitors – know the basic commitment to caring for children in our churches. This list gives you a place to start, and resources available through the United Methodist Church and the FaithTrust Institute.

  • All adults working directly with children will be Safe Sanctuaries trained
  • Minimum of two non-related adults with each group of children
  • All adults will be at least 18 years of age and at least 5 years older than the children being supervised
  • All adults working with children will be screened with background checks within three years prior to service
  • At least one adult with each age grouping will have first aid and CPR training
  • Each child will have on file a current emergency medical form
  • No medication will be given to the children except by a parent or guardian
  • Children will be supervised to and from the bathroom at all times
  • Children will be signed in and out by a parent or guardian
  • Children brought to the activity must be free of fever, vomiting, diarrhea and/or other contagious diseases
  • Adult / child ratio
    • Infants 2/5
    • Toddlers 2/8
    • Preschool ages 2/10
    • Elementary ages 2/15
    • Youth 2/13
  • A telephone will be available in the children’s areas at all times
  • Follow state mandated procedures for diaper change, hand washing, toy cleanliness, and food preparation
  • Visitors with children are made aware of church policies and procedures