Safety & Child Protection

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    We are deeply committed to ensure the safety of our children and the volunteer leaders in Children's Ministries.  All volunteers are required to participate in a screening process.  It is of the utmost importance that we provide a safe and secure environment for our children to learn about Jesus.  It is our hope that you will not be intimidated by this procedure, but that you would understand the importance of this policy for the sake of all those involved with the children of Community Fellowship.

    Every potential volunteer leader in Children's Ministries will participate in the following screening process.  

    • A Children's Ministry Application which includes at least two references.
    • A Background Check release form
    • Online Video Child Safety Training
    • Interview
    • Briefed on Child Safety Procedures, Given a Child Safety & Security Guide & A Volunteer Leader’s Handbook

    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. Parents will be asked to match their tag with their child's before leaving.  Parents must have a matching tag when picking up their child. 

    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.

     

    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.

    Download: Child and Safety Guidelines
    Download: Safety and Sexual Abuse Policy & Statement of Expectations

    Recognizing & Reporting 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


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