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A child sex offender at your church? May 13, 2007

Posted by David in Child protection, Childrens ministry, church-kids.

Jim Walton at Church Tech Matters, asks some important questions on how the church deals with a child sex offender in their congregation. He draw a distinction between: those aiming to offend and what the church should do to prevent that; and a former, reformed offender who is trying to put their former life behind them.

The man is open about the crimes he committed, he spoke to the congregation and shared some specific details of his past and is now wanting to be part of this church family. The crimes he was convicted of both involved children directly and one happened nearly 10 years ago and the other nearly 25 years ago.

On one hand, I would absolutely let him join the church and grow and serve and learn with the rest of us, and he would not be allowed to interact with the children at any level ever. However, what happens when he ends up alone in a bathroom with a boy or happens to be anywhere in the church and a child happens to walk in?

Jim suggests that churches should have a policy in place before something like this happens, so that the church can be ready to deal with it.


Criminal records bureau checks on Sunday school teachers May 4, 2007

Posted by David in Child protection, Children, Church, Church School, church-kids, Sunday School, Teenage ministry, Youth ministry, Youthwork.
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As part of a church’s work with children and other vulnerable people, it is important that those that deal with children are properly examined to see that they are suitable for the job. And this includes making enquiries with the Criminal Records Bureau.

At our church we have employed an umbrella organisation to aid in the checks for staff as well as helping to make recommendations and assist us in preparing a child protection policy document. The organisation is called ‘The churches’ child protection advisory service‘. (Their page on the CRB website).

The importance of this should not be overlooked, especially in the light of recent news.