The safety of the children in our care is our highest priority. We take these precautions to ensure the safety of your children whenever we are caring for them.
Screened caregivers and volunteers
We complete a criminal record check and sexual offender registry check on both our paid caregivers and our volunteers. Both of our paid caregivers are known to our leaders for many years. Our volunteers are connected with us for six months before they are allowed to volunteer with children.
We follow the United Methodist Church practices to ensure the safety of children and vulnerable adults called Safe Sanctuaries. The key practice we adhere to is the Two Adult Rule. There will always be two background-screened, unrelated adults with children at all times.
Children are checked into the Children’s Room by their parents using our church management software, Breeze. The parent and the child will each be given an identifying tag to wear. Children are only allowed to be checked out of the children’s room by the parent who checked them in upon presentation of their tag.
Parent-only toileting policy
Only parents or guardians are allowed to take children to the toilet or change diapers. Parents are encouraged to take their child to the toilet or check diapers before checking them into the children’s room. If toileting needs to take place, the child will be brought to their parent so the parent can care for the child’s needs.
In the first quarter of 2019, we will offer two different opportunities for parents and caregivers. The first will be required for our caregivers, staff, and volunteers. Darkness to Light is a comprehensive training on how to identify and prevent child sexual abuse. This workshop will be offered twice with childcare provided. The second opportunity will be a Sunday afternoon Worries and Wonderings conversation led by the Rev. LeAnn Gardner, a local therapist who specializes in wraparound sexuality education. This particular conversation is perfect for parents, no matter the age of their child.