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Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Resources
The links listed below are to external websites, books, and documents that address a number of security issues related to minors and sexual abuse.
This page contains links, books and documents that are not affiliated with the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention. The ASBC is not responsible for the content, advertising, products or other materials made available on or through any Linked Site. They are for your convenience only, and you access them at your own risk.
Caring For Our Children
The following are videos produced for arizona.e-quip.net, and include valuable information for churches.
Creating a Safe Environment, part 1
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company
Brotherhood Mutual Brotherhood Mutual provides insurance exclusively to churches and related ministries. From their website, you can access Safety Central, which provides tools and resources, including sample safety policies.
Fellowship One assists by automating the church background check submission process and storing the results on their member profile.
Protect My Ministry
Protect My Ministry is an employment and volunteer background screening company established to assist faith-based organizations in implementing and maintaining a thorough background screening process. The International Mission Board has recently developed a new child-protection policy, and has chosen Protect My Ministry as the exclusive provider for background screening. This policy will affect the 30,000+ volunteers who go on mission trips with them every year, but they also wanted to make their program available to churches connected with them. To find out about the special pricing, go to: www.protectmyministry.com/imb
International Mission Board
Links to the International Mission Board's Executive Summary regarding their policy on background checks for short-term mission trip participants. Starting Jan. 1, 2009, the IMB has requested that all short-term mission team participants -- ages 18 and older -- submit to background and reference checks by their local church. The screening process, which many churches are already conducting for local ministry, should include three parts -- criminal background check, references and interview. For those under the age of 18, only the reference part of the process should be completed. The check only needs to be completed every four years, regardless of how many overseas trips a person takes.
Secure Search offers background checks for employers, faith-based organizations, and schools. They also offer child sexual abuse awareness and safety training.
Trak-1 is an employment screening service, and helps corporate organizations with pre-employment and volunteer background screening.
Employment Screening Services
Reducing the Risk
This website is geared toward the church staff and congregation. It offers resource kits and training resources, as well as online seminars.
Faith Trust Institute
FaithTrust Institute is an international, multifaith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence. The institute offers a number of services and resources, including training, consultation and educational materials.
Through a partnership with ChoicePoint and ScreenNow, online pre-employment screening resources, ScreenChurchStaff.com has been adapted to serve the needs of churches and ministries.
Lifeway provides information regarding screening workers for children's ministry workers, and sample screening forms.
4 Steps to Prevent Sexual Abuse in your Church, written by J.W. "Bill" Phillips
Screening Procedures for Childhood Ministry
Lifeway Online training course
Arizona Department of Public Safety
Sex offender InfoCenter. Provides information to the public concerning the location of Level 2 and 3 sex offenders in Arizona. The site is "designed to promote public awareness concerning the potential threat that sex offenders pose to Arizona citizens." Level 1 sex offenders are not listed on this site. It also will not list someone who is from another state and has failed to register in Arizona.
Abuse Reporting Laws
Text of Arizona Statute 13-3620, Abuse Reporting Law for Ministers and Lay Church Workers.
United States Department of Justice
"This Web site is provided as a public service by the U.S. Department of Justice ("the Department"). Using this Web site, interested members of the public have access to and may search participating state Web site public information regarding the presence or location of offenders, who, in most cases, have been convicted of sexually-violent offenses against adults and children and certain sexual contact and other crimes against victims who are minors. The public can use this Web site to educate themselves about the possible presence of such offenders in their local communities."
Ministerial Ethics: Moral Formation for Church Leaders
By Joe E. Trull and James E. Carter. Copyright 2004. Published by Baker Academic, PO Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287. www.bakeracademic.com. Also available from Amazon.com
Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership
By Michael R. Milco. Copyright 1997. Published by Kregel Publications, PO Box 2607, Grand Rapids, MI 49501. Available from Amazon.com
Preventing Child Abuse: A Guide for Churches
By Beth Swagman. Published by Faith Alive Christian Resources (December 1, 1997). Available from Amazon.com
10 Steps to Prevent Child Abuse in the Church By Keith Hamilton, of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Distributed by LifeWay Resources for ministry leaders.
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-Serving Organizations Produced by the Centers for Disease Control, US Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information, contact the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention.