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Most churches take the safety of the children in their care very seriously. This is why so many churches use criminal background checks, personal references and an intense interview process. It is also why churches use the “Two Adult Policy,” where a child must be in the line of sight of two unrelated adults at all times. These policies are excellent at keeping a predator from being alone with a child. But with all your efforts, there is only one thing you must remember:
All a predator has to do is outlast you.
Matter - Policies - Place - Exceptions - Moment
No matter how many policies you put in place, if they are confusing, riddled with exceptions and too easy to forget, a moment will come when your defenses are down. So, to keep your children safe, boil your strategy down to these words: Sticky, Simple and Consistent.
Are your rules mentally portable? Do they stay with the volunteer long after their first encounter?
Are - Variables - Rules - Volunteers - Situation
Are there too many variables to your rules? Are your volunteers wondering with every situation which protocol to follow?
Are there too many exceptions to your rules? Do you find yourself telling a volunteer, “Well just this one time…” or hear them saying it? Do your volunteers feel free to bend the rules as they see fit?
Child - Safety - Rules - Sticky - Simple
Keeping your child safety rules Sticky, Simple and Consistent will do the following:
It will ensure that volunteers can easily recall what they are supposed to do and how they are supposed to do it, keeping the children from...
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