Safety & Child Protection

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    In Community Kids, we value safety. Every Staff and Volunteer involved with children has gone through an extensive application process. Some of the components of that process include a personal interview, an in-depth questionnaire, personal reference checks, and a criminal background check. We strictly enforce a policy that never allows any adult or youth helper to be alone with a child.

    We utilize a secure check-in  system where each family receives matching tags for parents and children. Volunteers are stationed at every classroom's exit. You will be asked to show that your tag matches your child's before you leave. You must have a matching tag to pick up your child. 

    Our Child Protection Policy

    Recognizing Child Abuse

    A first step in helping or getting help for an abused or neglected child is to identify the signs and symptoms of child abuse.

    Child abuse is the mistreatment of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caretaker, someone living in their home or someone who works with or around children. Child abuse can be physical (such as burns or broken bones), sexual (such as fondling or incest), or emotional. Neglect happens when a parent or responsible caretaker fails to provide adequate supervision, food, clothing, shelter or other basics for a child.

    All volunteers are instructed in recognizing the signs of abuse and are trained to contact Community Kids staff immediately to initiate a call to DCFS.

    For more information, visit the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Stop It Now organization at:

    http://www.state.il.us/dcfs/child/index.shtml

    http://www.stopitnow.com

    Two Person Rule

    The “Two-Person” Rule is designed to protect both children and adults by not giving opportunities for adults to have sustained time alone with a child or student. It also protects staff and volunteers in situations in which a child or student with some significant emotional needs may misinterpret adult interaction or may make false statements about an adult’s behavior toward them. By following this rule, many potential problem situations are prevented.

    • The “Two-Person” rule is in effect at all times during Community Kids events.
    • Staff and Volunteers are NEVER allowed to be alone with a child. This applies to children in your own family while serving in Community Kids or Awana.
    • At least one of the Volunteers must be an adult.
    • Volunteers must not be related. If they are related, a 3rd volunteer must be present.

    Physical Touch

    The “Two Person” rule must be in effect at all times.
    A Touch should: 
    • Be non-demanding. Gentle touch of shoulders, hands, arms, head, back is OK. 
    • Always take place in public
    • Never be behind closed doors
    • Be age appropriate – child may sit on your legnot your lap (Kindergarten and younger only)
    • Express affirmation of the child and should never be done for the satisfaction or pleasure of a care provider.

    Bathroom Policy

    The “Two Person” rule must be in effect at all times.

    Infants and Toddlers 
    • Only a female leader over 14 may change a diaper.  
    • Volunteers must change a diaper in the presence of other adults. 

    Preschool through 6th Grade 
    • Adult volunteers must escort a child to the bathroom or to get a drink. Another adult must be able to see that adult. 
    • Check the bathroom for other adults before allowing a child to enter. Child is escorted by adult of same gender.
    • Bathroom runs in the last five minutes should be very rare. They tend to complicate the check-out process.
    • Restroom doors must remain open. 
    • If a younger child needs assistance, a volunteer of the same gender as the child may help, while remaining in view of the second volunteer. 
    All volunteers in Community Kids must wear approved identification at all times while serving at any event. ID’s will be issued after all paperwork has been received and background checks and references have been completed.

    Download the Child and Safety Guidelines

    Children's Ministry Pastor
    (630) 562-9184212
       

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