I was recently interviewed by Faith Today magazine and they asked, “how many organizations and churches have a plan to protect?”
My hope is that every organization and church that serves the vulnerable sector, would have some sort of a plan to protect but not all plans are the same, nor do they all adhere to the same standard.
As we review and customize hundreds of policies and procedure manuals a year, we see such a wide variety of policies including:
Jun19TueJune 19, 2018
Feb28WedFebruary 28, 2018
Have you heard me say that, “we will buried alive in paperwork as administrators of abuse prevention and protection”? Today, I thought I’d answer some of your most pressing questions about documentation and electronic documentation.
Why should you keep documentation permanently?
There are many reasons we should be securely managing our documentation.
What documentation should we be keeping?
To demonstrate our due diligence and duty of care, we should be keeping:
Unfortunately, we have heard too often of individuals who obey the law and make a report, only to be told they shouldn’t have reported, or are reprimanded for reporting. I heard about one staff member that was preparing for a volunteer training event. She had brought her preschooler with her while she was setting up the chairs and tables for the training.
She took her eyes off her daughter for a few minutes and a member came into the building and sexually abused the young child. When the mother found out about it, she reported it to the Police and to leadership. Leadership challenged her for reporting the abuse and said that it should have been handled internally not externally. When she disagreed, they gave her notice that her employment was coming to an end.
Over and over I hear stories of people being shunned, scolded, harassed and even fired for reporting abuse. I find it so alarming that organizations that are committed to the protection of children, turn on the Chair of their protection committee, and reporters when they feel they have a legal duty to report abuse.Never is our commitment of protection tested as much as when someone feels called to report, and we have a choice to support the reporters.
At Plan to Protect®, we are very concerned about this issue! We’ve decided to provide you with an unprecedented preview of part of our policy on the Reporting and Response section of our manual. Please consider adopting this policy statement for your organization! We only ask that you reference the source if you use it.
Sep28WedSeptember 28, 2016
We all know young people use text, web and various social messaging channels to communicate directly and privately with friends, family, staff members and volunteers in trusted organizations they are a part of.
I have young adult children, and I know they do most of their communication via text and social media. When my children created a profile on Facebook, I joined Facebook. When they signed up for Twitter, I was soon to follow.
One of the reasons I joined was, if it was important to them and they were talking about it, I also wanted to experience it. With my children now living internationally, I am able to stay in touch with them in real time, able to share pictures and get tidbits of news.
Aug29MonAugust 29, 2016
The purpose of this paper is to provide a strong standard of protection to minimize incidences of abuse, injury and harm and to minimize risk to the vulnerable sector, organizations and their staff and volunteers caring for the children.