Caring for those we serve
Protecting our children and youth should of primary importance with all church programs. Setting up rules doesn't take the heart out of ministry, it gives us the guidelines to show genuine affection and care for those we're serving.
The following is a SAMPLE Child Protection Policy, taken from our summer camp.
Suspected Child Abuse must be reported under the State of Michigan “Child Protection Law.”
(click here to see more about mandated reporters) Even if you aren't a legally
"mandated reporter," perhaps it is still your duty to report.
“Child” means a person under 18 years of age.
“Child abuse” means harm or threatened harm to a child’s health or welfare by a person responsible for the child’s health or welfare which occurs through non-accidental physical or mental injury, sexual abuse, or maltreatment.
“Child neglect” means harm to a child’s health or welfare by a person responsible for the child’s health or welfare which occurs through negligent treatment, including the failure to provide adequate food, Clothing, or medical care.
“Department” means the State Department of Social Services.
ACTION TO BE TAKEN TO REPORT CHILD ABUSE OR NEGLECT
1. Rector or designated official shall make an oral report within 8 hours.
2. Within 72-hours a written report shall be made to the Department of Social Services. A written report shall contain the name of the child and a description of the abuse or neglect. If possible, the report shall contain the names and addresses of the child’s parents/guardians, or the persons with whom the child resides, and the child’s age. The report shall contain other information available to the Department of Social Services which might establish the cause of abuse or neglect and the manner in which it occurred.
3. If a child appears to be injured, medical treatment will be given by the nearest medical facility.
4. Reporting is handled through the local county Department of Social Services.
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