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Child Abuse Prevention - Response Handbook
A safe and secure environment includes a formal, written policy to help prevent child abuse.  What is child abuse? Definitions of child abuse according to the California Child Abuse Reporting Act are included in this handbook, as well as what it is not. While there are specific legal requirements for reporting suspected child abuse that must be followed, dealing with suspected child abuse within a congregation requires additional steps in order to protect other children within our churches and promote healing and restoration within a congregation traumatized by the occurrence of abuse. Pastors are encouraged to contact the Conference Risk Management Department if they have questions concerning how to respond to a particular situation. Child abuse prevention begins with the selection of workers who have been systematically screened and approved before being allowed to serve in a ministry involving children. Churches need to be prepared. It is the desire of the Northern California Conference that each congregation be known as a loving body of Christians through the implementation of this child abuse prevention policy.

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