Understand Our Responsibility Why take steps to prevent abuse? • It violates God’s moral law • It creates trauma to victims • Child sex offenders target organizations • It devastates CSSM’s credibility • It undermines credibility of Christ’s name
Understand Our Responsibility Why do we need safety standards? • provide safe and nurturing environment • provide quality care and instruction • protect every age level (Including staff) • promote spiritual growth
Understand Our Responsibility What does the Bible say? 1. Create a safe setting to meet a child’s spiritual needs • “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder… (Mark 10:13-16) • “Who ever causes one of these little ones to stumble”(Matthew 18:6)
Understand Our Responsibility What does the Bible say? 2. Maintain a ministry setting marked by purity “Avoid every kind of evil”(I Thessalonians 5:22) “...not even a hint of sexual immorality…”(Ephesians 5:3) “ be above reproach…” (I Timothy 3:2)
Steps to Approving Staff To be protected from liability, CSSM must show evidence that it has taken reasonable action in screening and supervising volunteers involved in any ministry with minors.
Steps to Approving Staff • Application Form • Reference Checks • Interview • Criminal Record & Security checks • Training • Supervision
Goals of Supervision • Monitor performance • Ensure completion of tasks • Clarify tasks and expectations • Provide feedback • Motivate • Discuss concerns • Identify training needs • Reinforce child protection policy and code of conduct • Keep it positive, proactive and ongoing • Expect informal and formal supervision
Standards of Behaviour For effective ministry, we need to work towards a safe environment for the children in our care and the staff providing that care.
Standards of Behaviour A. Supervision of Campers • Two Leaders • Minimum 2 leaders in room or cabin or keep yourself visible to others (with door open) • Let others know if you will be alone with a camper (eg. Counseling, washroom) • Age Expectation • One staff must be at least 16 years old • Leader/Camper Ratios • The camping association standard
Standards of Behaviour B. Relationships • Be a good role model • Keep it to friendship • Limit contact if necessary • Watch each other’s back • No campers leaving early • No mixed staying or sleeping in each other’s places (girls/guys, campers or staff)
Standards of Behaviour C. Health and Safety Guidelines • Leave examination to the nurse unless first aid is needed. • If first aid is needed • Have a adult of the same sex as the camper present to observe the procedure. • Medication dispensed only by camp nurse
Standards of Behaviour D. Privacy Leaders should respect a child’s or youth’s desire for privacy whenever possible. • Cabin Privacy • Bathroom Privacy (new for 2011)
Standards of Behaviour E. Proper Display of Affection Touching should be in response to the needs of the child and not the needs of the adult. Touching should be open and not secretive • Appropriate Touch • Inappropriate Touch
Standards of Behaviour F. Discipline Discipline is not something you do to a child it is something you do for a child. • Preventative Discipline • Remedial Discipline • Behaviors to Avoid
Standards of Behaviour G. Communication (New for 2011) In all communication, steer clear of any chance of isolation and show that you are accountable as a leader.
Standards of Behaviour G. Communication (New for 2011) • Mail • Phone • Personal Visit • Children • Youth • Email or Texting • Facebook
Standards of Behaviour H. Counseling Teens • Use a God-ward approach • Be upfront about expectations and limitations • Keep yourself safe Read the sections on Youth Counseling Distinctives & Suicide
Reporting Procedures Obligation to Report • We are legally required to report child abuse • Provincial child protection legislation protects those reporting • We need carefully follow the steps in our procedures when reporting
Reporting Procedures Steps for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse 1. Child Disclosure 2. Ministry Point Director Notified • Report to CSSM Personnel in Charge • Complete a Suspected Abuse Report
Steps for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse 1. Child Disclosure 2. Ministry Point Director Notified 3. Provincial Director Notified 4. Child Welfare Notified
1. Child Disclosure Steps for Reporting Child Sexual Abuse 2. Ministry Point Director Notified 3. Provincial Director Notified 4. Child Welfare Notified 5. Suspension
1. Child Disclosure Investigation 2. Ministry Director Notified Outcome 3. Provincial Director Notified • Cleared of Allegations • Abuse is confirmed • Abuse is unconfirmed 4. Child Welfare Notified 5. Suspension
Reporting Procedures A Note about the Media • Don’t speak with the Media • Leave all communication with the media to the CSSM Appointed Spokesperson