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Safe Sanctuary/Anti-bullying Policy

Mackinaw United Methodist Church

 

 

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Committee Responsible: Education, Youth & Worship

 

Original policy: 6/13/2012

Updated phone numbers: 8/3/2018

Administrative Council review date: 8/07/2017

SUBJECT: safety of our children and youth

 

POLICY: Safe Sanctuary Policy

 

 

PURPOSE: Our purpose for establishing this Child Abuse Prevention Policy and accompanying procedures is to demonstrate our total and unwavering commitment to the physical, emotional and spiritual safety of all our children, youth, and vulnerable adults.

 

PROCEDURE:

 

Staff Selection Policies

 

All staff members working with children and youth at MUMC will:

· Be 21 years of age or older

· Pass a federal and state background check

  • Follow the church’s PPR (Pastor Parish Relations) hiring policy

 

Volunteer Selection Policies

All volunteers who work with children and youth at MUMC will be:

· 18 years old or under the supervision of an adult.

· An active participant of MUMC for at least 6 months.

 

All volunteers who work with children and youth at MUMC will:

· Give contact information such as name, address and phone number that will be kept on file at the church. This information will be used to do an informal background search by a staff member.

  • Be searched under the state’s mapping program which shows registered sex offenders and violent crime offenders in our area.

Individuals who have been convicted of physical or sexual abuse or neglect may not work in any church-sponsored activity or program for preschoolers, children, youth or vulnerable adults.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mackinaw United Methodist Church

 

 

Page #2 of 5

 

Committee Responsible: Education, Youth, & Worship

 

Original policy: 6/13/2012

Updated phone numbers: 8/3/2018

Administrative Council review date: 8/7/2017

SUBJECT: safety of our children and youth

 

 

Staff/Volunteer Supervision Guidelines

 

Whenever supervising activities involving children and youth at MUMC,

 

· Children and youth will be checked in to and out of a church sponsored activity by their parent or legal guardian or people authorized by parent/legal guardian.

  • If a parent or authorized adult picking up a child is observed to be impaired in a way that puts the child at risk, the supervisor will hold the child until another parent or adult has been contacted to pick up the child.

· Supervisors will have access to a telephone, cell phone or pager when groups are at or away from the church facility

· One-on-one interactions with children and youth will be with an open door and visibility to all, out in a public setting, or with the parent’s consent.

 

 

Whenever MUMC sponsors an activity involving children or youth,

· Parents, guardians and staff have the right to visit and observe the children’s/youth activity, classroom, or church-sponsored program at any time, unannounced.

· All classroom and office doors will have a window or visibility from hallway or remain open while occupied.

· Door windows will be kept free from complete adornment.

 

Whenever MUMC transports children or youth away from the church campus,

· No youth should drive to/from events.

· Adults should not transport child/youth by self without parental consent.

· Drivers should go through same screening process as all other volunteers.

 

 

Training: MUMC volunteers and parents will be given the opportunity to attend training about Safe Sanctuary policies, procedures and child abuse issues.

 

 

Mackinaw United Methodist Church

 

 

Page #3 of 5

 

Committee Responsible: Education, Youth & Worship

 

Original policy: 6/13/2012

Updated Phone numbers: 8/3/2018

Administrative Council review date: 8/7/2017

SUBJECT: safety of our children and youth

 

Anti-Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation Policy

Definition of Bullying, Harassment, and Intimidation (BHI): A conscious, willful, and deliberate hostile activity intended to harm, induce fear through the threat of further aggression, and create terror. It is not about anger, nor about conflict; it is about contempt --- a powerful feeling of dislike toward someone considered to be worthless/inferior/undeserving of respect.

 

BHI always includes these three elements:

Imbalance of power --- the bully can be older, bigger, stronger, more verbal, higher on the social scale, a different race, the opposite sex, or a large number of kids banded together.

Intent to do harm --- the bully means to inflict emotional harm and/or physical pain, expects the action to hurt, and takes pleasure in witnessing the hurt.

Threat of further aggression --- both bully and bullied know that the bullying can and probably will occur again.

 

When bullying escalates unabated, a fourth element is added:

Terror --- systematic violence used to maintain dominance.

 

 

Our Position on Rights and Responsibilities

Because every person is of value, we believe that it is the right of all individuals of all ages to be free of victimization. It is the responsibility of those who witness victimization to stop it and/or to speak to a trusted adult/pastor. The leadership of the church will intentionally seek to prevent and deal with BHI through:

  • Establishing a policy supervisor to oversee policy use
  • Setting rules concerning BHI behavior
  • Responding to incidents in a prompt manner
  • Seeing that both the bullied and bully are dealt with in a responsible and caring manner
  • Overseeing training and education of staff and congregation concerning BHI

 

Summary of Rules Concerning BHI

The church will be a safe sanctuary for all. We prohibit acts of BHI as well as active or passive support of BHI. All staff and volunteers who work with children and youth will be expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior; treat others with civility, kindness, and respect; and refuse to tolerate BHI.

 

 

 

 

Mackinaw United Methodist Church

 

 

Page #4 of 5

 

Committee Responsible: Education, Youth & Worship

 

Original policy: 6/13/2012

Updated phone numbers: 8/3/2018

Administrative Council review date: 8/7/2017

SUBJECT: safety of our children and youth

 

 

Guidelines for Responding to Bullied and Bully:

  1. Address the situation with appropriate apologies given
  2. Loss of privileges: (recess, free time, etc.) or time out
  3. Visit to the Pastor’s office
  4. Inform parents
  5. Parent/ Ministry Leader/ Pastor/ Student conference
  6. Referral: counseling as recommended by the pastor or leader
  7. Suspension from activities if bullying continues
  8. Proper Authorities will be notified when criminal intent is obvious or when the situation warrants such action

D. Staff members demonstrating bullying behaviors will be subject to a conference and review with the appropriate supervisor(s) with an action plan given to address needed behavior changes. Follow up review(s) will take place at intervals determined by the supervisor(s). Severity of the staff bullying action may result in immediate dismissal.
 

Guidelines for Responding to Child Abuse or Neglect:

 

If a suspected incident of child abuse or neglect occurs at or is revealed to a volunteer/paid staff person at a MUMC sponsored activity, the adult in charge of the activity will

· Move the child or youth to a safe area.

· Call the church pastor (359-6631), youth director (via the church office 359-5511), or church council chairperson.

· Be present while the staff member calls the Tazewell County DCFS Office in order to answer questions (Child Abuse Hotline 800-252-2873).

 

 

 

Conclusion

In all of our ministries with children, youth, and vulnerable adults, this congregation is committed to demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ so that each child, youth and vulnerable adult will be “surrounded by steadfast love…established in the faith and confirmed and strengthened in the way that leads to life eternal." (Baptismal Covenant II, United Methodist Book of Worship, p.96).

 

 

Mackinaw United Methodist Church

 

 

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Committee Responsible: Education, Youth & Worship

 

Original policy: 6/13/2012

Updated phone numbers: 8/3/2018

Administrative Council review date: 8/7/2018

SUBJECT: safety of our children and youth

 

 

Reporting Procedures For Abuse or Neglect

 

  1. If necessary, secure the safety of the child involved. Do not prejudice the situation. Showing care and support to the alleged victim helps prevent further hurt.
  2. Immediately notify the staff person related to that ministry area and the pastor: Shelly Forrest—cell: 217-722-4597. The official spokesperson for Mackinaw United Methodist Church is the pastor, or in the absence of the pastor, the council chairperson. Under the pastor’s direction, and if necessary, the consultation of an attorney, and the church’s insurance agent, and the Child Abuse Hotline, the following steps will be pursued.
  3. Document all efforts in handling the incident. Any individual making an observation shall begin a written record of the actual event and all subsequent activities pertaining to the people involved. Each witness is to compile a written record independently of others. Copies of all written reports are to be given to the pastor. These reports will remain confidential and be maintained in the church office.
  4. Upon notification, the pastor will also begin a written record describing the incident, noting the time and process of notification. This record shall contain all information gathered, and the process used in gathering the information. This report will remain confidential and be maintained in the church office.
  5. The official spokesperson shall contact the proper civil authorities following the guidance of our insurance company and attorney. Do not attempt an in-depth investigation. This should be left to the professionals who are familiar with these cases.
  6. All inquiries or requests for information from parents, DCFS, the media, attorneys, or any other parties shall be referred to the pastor or official spokesperson. No other person is to release any information without the express approval of the official spokesperson.
  7. Verify that a report has been made on the incident to your church insurance company, attorney and denominational officials. Do not try to handle any incidents without professional outside assistance.
  8. The pastor or official spokesperson will use a prepared public statement to answer the press and to convey news to the congregation. Be careful to safeguard the privacy and confidentiality of all involved.

 

 

Mackinaw United Methodist Church

 

 

Page #6 of 5

 

Committee Responsible: Education, Youth & Worship

 

Original policy: 6/13/2012

Effective date: 8/3/2018

Administrative Council review date: 8/7/2017

SUBJECT: safety of our children and youth

 

 

  1. If it is alleged that a pastor was a perpetrator of abuse, contact the current Pastor Parish Relations Chairperson and the District Superintendent immediately. The Il River Dist Office number is 309-692-0421, and Mary Katherine Pierce’s cell phone # is 309-688-9027. More contact information can be found at www.igrc.org. Ask the church secretary for contact information for the PPR Chairperson.

 

We will not prejudice any person accused, but we will take any allegation of child abuse seriously. We will fully cooperate with investigating authorities. We will treat the accused with dignity and respect. If the accused is a volunteer, that person shall be temporarily relieved of duties by the pastor until the investigation is finished and the person has been cleared by authorities. Any questionable conduct or relationships between a volunteer and a child/youth under our care will be addressed immediately. Prompt warnings will be issued when appropriate, and the situation monitored very closely. The volunteer’s services will be terminated immediately for continued violations of such warnings, or for a single violation of sufficient gravity. If the person is a paid employee, the Pastor Parish Team shall make arrangements to either maintain or suspend his or her income until the allegations are cleared or substantiated.

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