Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Policy
We live at a time when child sexual abuse is found to be much more common than most think. Victims may experience physical and psychological damage, while also feeling betrayed by God and the Church. This sense of betrayal can become a major obstacle to an individual's personal faith and relationship with God. As a church, we wish to provide a safe and secure environment for all children and youth (minors) who enter our facility and participate in any of our programs. It is with this criterion that we present the following guidelines.
For your information, Washington State Law RCW 26.44.020 defines a “child” as any person under the age of 18.
All Children and Youth Ministry workers (both paid and volunteer, including pastors) must be screened.
This screening includes a formal application, reference checks, criminal history background check, and an interview. Failure to do so places the church and its leaders in serious legal jeopardy. No one with any known history of child physical or sexual abuse will be allowed to work with children or youth.
The church reserves the right to make an educated judgment on those who apply for a position of working with children.
This is done by means of all of the following:
Criminal background check
Completed Application form
Attendance at regular ministry and risk management training and meetings
Workers are required to abide by the “Two Adult” rule.
It is required to have two screened adults present with children or youth during any church service or event on the 2000 N. Standard campus.