It seems like you can’t turn on the news these days without hearing about another instance of sexual abuse by clergy or within the church. Over the past 15 years approximately 3,500 churches each year have responded to allegations of sexual abuse. This is an astounding figure! I’m fairly certain, most of these churches would have said that sexual abuse would never happen at their church before the allegations came forward. For too long, churches have been trusting and naive in regards to sexual abuse inside the church.
Unfortunately, no church is safe. However, churches can be proactive in creating an environment that protects children and youth. This workshop is designed to equip your team with best practices and provide opportunities to discuss systems and applications to minimize your exposure.
In the workshop we address:
- Who are Predators and How Do They Work
- Screening & Selecting New Staff & Volunteers
- Best Practices for Creating Healthy Boundaries
- Accountability and Communication
Safeguarding your church is about deterring any potential predators from targeting your church and eliminating opportunities for potential abuse to occur. Your teams will work through practical case studies to drive these principles home, get the conversation flowing and make a plan for how you can be prepared.
Jesus said “Let the little ones come unto me.” Our job is to make sure they come into a safe, nurturing and holy environment.
Professionally Kathleen has been leading the human resources efforts at companies for over thirty years. She is a member of her local chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). A few years ago, Kathleen left the corporate environment and started her own HR consulting company. She has helped organizations in a variety of industries to include hospitality, non-profit, and agriculture with their HR needs. Kathleen has assisted clients creating employee handbooks, compliance audits, compensation and reward systems, organization restructuring, employee relations, and investigations. With every issue, Kathleen seeks wisdom and strives to see each employee encounter with a Christ-like perspective.