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1 This tutorial is mandatory for anyone wishing to volunteer with Christ Church of Oak Brook’s Children’s Ministry. Please go to the next screen and work through each category. You will read information and answer questions. 1. Volunteer Qualifications 2. Protection Policies 3. Frequently Asked Questions 4. Identifying Reported Abuse When all four categories have been completed, link to the Protection Policy Promise form, print, sign, and mail as directed. Thank you for your servant heart! Volunteer Tutorial

2 ProtectionPolicies Frequently Asked Questions VolunteerQualifications

3 The following guidelines are set forth to provide a safe and nurturing environment in which we can bring our children to the Savior. Everyone who teaches, helps, or cares for children under the sponsorship of Christ Church must understand and follow these policies and procedures. Be aware that the information that follows represents minimum requirements. Individual programs may impose additional guidelines as appropriate to their ministry setting. Protection Policy Continue

4 Protection Policy All volunteers and employees of Christ Church of Oak Brook shall immediately report to the Minister / Director of their Ministry Area any allegations or suspicions of abuse or neglect on minor children (0-18 years old) which they become aware of during their duties at Christ Church. If the appropriate Minister / Director is unavailable [or if the allegation or suspicion involves them], all allegations or suspicions shall be immediately reported to the Senior Pastor. Continue

5 Interior windows provide easy viewing by parents and supervisors All doors, with the exception of hallway public rest rooms, shall have windows or side windows. Sight lines through the windows will remain unobstructed at all times. Rooms with adjoining toilets shall be used for preschoolers whenever possible, preventing the need for children to leave the room. Diaper changing tables / areas shall be in clear view. First aid kits shall be displayed / stored in obvious places. Evacuation plans shall be displayed at the doorway. Interior windows provide easy viewing by parents and supervisors All doors, with the exception of hallway public rest rooms, shall have windows or side windows. Sight lines through the windows will remain unobstructed at all times. Rooms with adjoining toilets shall be used for preschoolers whenever possible, preventing the need for children to leave the room. Diaper changing tables / areas shall be in clear view. First aid kits shall be displayed / stored in obvious places. Evacuation plans shall be displayed at the doorway. Protection Policy Continue Architectural Precautions

6 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy A.Policies for Early Childhood, Children’s Ministries and Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Drop-off Policy Children will be welcome to enter our classrooms when adequate supervision is available. Generally, supervision of two adults will be provided ten minutes before a program starts. Volunteer Identification Policy All volunteers working with children must use check-in and wear a system-generated name tag. A.Policies for Early Childhood, Children’s Ministries and Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Drop-off Policy Children will be welcome to enter our classrooms when adequate supervision is available. Generally, supervision of two adults will be provided ten minutes before a program starts. Volunteer Identification Policy All volunteers working with children must use check-in and wear a system-generated name tag. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

7 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Registration Policy (infancy - fifth grade) Programs for MOPS and preschool-aged children provide a weekly sign-in sheet. Parents are required to complete the information requested. Parents shall fill out a registration card for any child who attends any of the Sunday School or weekday programs. Children should be registered and attend the class at their age, grade, or developmental level. Security System All children nursery through four years old will be issued a claim tag. The claim tag is used to release children back to their parents. A teacher will oversee the pickup process to ensure a child is only released to a parent or person authorized by a parent. Children nursery through four years old will be released only to those who have the child’s claim tag. Registration Policy (infancy - fifth grade) Programs for MOPS and preschool-aged children provide a weekly sign-in sheet. Parents are required to complete the information requested. Parents shall fill out a registration card for any child who attends any of the Sunday School or weekday programs. Children should be registered and attend the class at their age, grade, or developmental level. Security System All children nursery through four years old will be issued a claim tag. The claim tag is used to release children back to their parents. A teacher will oversee the pickup process to ensure a child is only released to a parent or person authorized by a parent. Children nursery through four years old will be released only to those who have the child’s claim tag. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

8 Parent Pick Up/Child Release Authorization A parent or an authorized person must come to the room and pick up their children from their classroom following any Christ Church of Oak Brook program within ten minutes of the class ending. Parents may fill out a parental authorization/release form at the Children’s Ministry Office, or with the teacher, to allow another family member to pick up children from the classroom for those children Kindergarten – third grade. Only the adult who dropped off a preschool child can pick up that child. We strongly recommend that no siblings under age 12 pick up a preschool or younger child. Parental release forms are completed online for those children fourth – fifth grade who are given permission to leave the classroom to meet their parents at a different location. Without a completed form, parents must pick up their children from the classroom. Parent Pick Up/Child Release Authorization A parent or an authorized person must come to the room and pick up their children from their classroom following any Christ Church of Oak Brook program within ten minutes of the class ending. Parents may fill out a parental authorization/release form at the Children’s Ministry Office, or with the teacher, to allow another family member to pick up children from the classroom for those children Kindergarten – third grade. Only the adult who dropped off a preschool child can pick up that child. We strongly recommend that no siblings under age 12 pick up a preschool or younger child. Parental release forms are completed online for those children fourth – fifth grade who are given permission to leave the classroom to meet their parents at a different location. Without a completed form, parents must pick up their children from the classroom. Protection Policy Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

9 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Parent Pick Up/Child Release Authorization cont. Parents are advised not to enter the nursery/classroom when picking up their child unless requested to do so. Diaper Changing Policy All approved nursery volunteers may change children’s diapers. Parents may change the diapers of their own children. Elevator Usage When accompanying children in the elevator, two-deep leadership is required. Classroom Policy Classroom doors must never be locked while occupied Parent Pick Up/Child Release Authorization cont. Parents are advised not to enter the nursery/classroom when picking up their child unless requested to do so. Diaper Changing Policy All approved nursery volunteers may change children’s diapers. Parents may change the diapers of their own children. Elevator Usage When accompanying children in the elevator, two-deep leadership is required. Classroom Policy Classroom doors must never be locked while occupied Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

10 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Bathroom Policy Children 1st through 3rd grades: –At least one approved volunteer of the same gender (when possible) must accompany the children to any hallway bathroom. –An individual volunteer must take at least two children. If necessary, take another child as a “buddy.” –Volunteer should normally remain outside the bathroom door. If a child requires assistance, a volunteer of the same gender may enter the bathroom and (if needed) the stall but keep the stall door open. Another volunteer or “buddy” must remain in the bathroom. NEVER ONLY TWO IN A CLOSED STALL! Children in 4th and 5th grades may use hallway bathrooms with at least one other child as a “buddy.” Bathroom Policy Children 1st through 3rd grades: –At least one approved volunteer of the same gender (when possible) must accompany the children to any hallway bathroom. –An individual volunteer must take at least two children. If necessary, take another child as a “buddy.” –Volunteer should normally remain outside the bathroom door. If a child requires assistance, a volunteer of the same gender may enter the bathroom and (if needed) the stall but keep the stall door open. Another volunteer or “buddy” must remain in the bathroom. NEVER ONLY TWO IN A CLOSED STALL! Children in 4th and 5th grades may use hallway bathrooms with at least one other child as a “buddy.” Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

11 Bathroom Policy cont’d Remember, never be alone with a child in a bathroom with the door closed, and never go into a bathroom stall with a child and shut the door. Five year olds through third grade classrooms will utilize hallway bathrooms following the escorting guidelines listed above. Fourth grade and above classrooms will utilize hallway bathrooms one at a time with the teacher’s permission. We strongly encourage parents and their children to visit the bathroom prior to each class. Male staff and volunteers should not be in the lounge area of the women’s bathrooms. Bathroom Policy cont’d Remember, never be alone with a child in a bathroom with the door closed, and never go into a bathroom stall with a child and shut the door. Five year olds through third grade classrooms will utilize hallway bathrooms following the escorting guidelines listed above. Fourth grade and above classrooms will utilize hallway bathrooms one at a time with the teacher’s permission. We strongly encourage parents and their children to visit the bathroom prior to each class. Male staff and volunteers should not be in the lounge area of the women’s bathrooms. Protection Policy Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

12 B.Children Choirs and Music Conservatory Children are welcome to enter classrooms when adequate supervision is available. Generally, supervision of two adults will be provided ten minutes before a program starts. During times of transition from one program to another two adults will escort the children. Parents complete registration online for any child who participates in any of the children’s choirs. The normal policies about Parent Pick Up/Child Release are followed as applicable to all Children Choirs (Section II. A. 5 on page 2 of the Protection Policy). B.Children Choirs and Music Conservatory Children are welcome to enter classrooms when adequate supervision is available. Generally, supervision of two adults will be provided ten minutes before a program starts. During times of transition from one program to another two adults will escort the children. Parents complete registration online for any child who participates in any of the children’s choirs. The normal policies about Parent Pick Up/Child Release are followed as applicable to all Children Choirs (Section II. A. 5 on page 2 of the Protection Policy). Protection Policy Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

13 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy B.Children Choirs and Music Conservatory cont’d Parents are expected to escort their children in third grade and below both to and from the music teacher and for one parent to remain outside the classroom during the music lesson. Children third grade and below may not wait alone outside the classroom or upstairs to be picked up. There must be a written parental authorization for any adult other than a parent to pick up a child in third grade and below. All parents in the Music Conservatory will need to sign that they understand and follow this policy (Appendix H of Protection Policy). B.Children Choirs and Music Conservatory cont’d Parents are expected to escort their children in third grade and below both to and from the music teacher and for one parent to remain outside the classroom during the music lesson. Children third grade and below may not wait alone outside the classroom or upstairs to be picked up. There must be a written parental authorization for any adult other than a parent to pick up a child in third grade and below. All parents in the Music Conservatory will need to sign that they understand and follow this policy (Appendix H of Protection Policy). Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

14 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy C.Classroom Supervision Guidelines: For all children and youth ministries at Christ Church Staffing Guidelines All approved workers will have completed a screening process (outlined in section E.) Volunteers must have been involved with Christ Church for six months before being considered. Known and trusted parents may be asked to assist temporarily when necessary. They will be given a list of the relevant Protection Policy guidelines for their specific responsibilities, sign their pledge to follow those guidelines, and never be alone with a child. Two parents serving temporarily will never be paired together in the same room. As paid employees of Christ Church of Oak Brook, all staff who minister with children and youth will have completed their own staff screening process and all employees will submit to a Criminal Record Check. C.Classroom Supervision Guidelines: For all children and youth ministries at Christ Church Staffing Guidelines All approved workers will have completed a screening process (outlined in section E.) Volunteers must have been involved with Christ Church for six months before being considered. Known and trusted parents may be asked to assist temporarily when necessary. They will be given a list of the relevant Protection Policy guidelines for their specific responsibilities, sign their pledge to follow those guidelines, and never be alone with a child. Two parents serving temporarily will never be paired together in the same room. As paid employees of Christ Church of Oak Brook, all staff who minister with children and youth will have completed their own staff screening process and all employees will submit to a Criminal Record Check. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

15 Staffing Guidelines cont’d Two-deep leadership is essential. At least two workers should be in the room at all times. Rooms for children are ideally staffed with workers of both genders. This will facilitate observance of Christ Church's Bathroom Policy. The exception to this two-deep policy is music lessons in the Music Conservatory. The Program Director or department coordinators will make regular visits to the classrooms to ensure that classrooms are properly supervised. Staffing Guidelines cont’d Two-deep leadership is essential. At least two workers should be in the room at all times. Rooms for children are ideally staffed with workers of both genders. This will facilitate observance of Christ Church's Bathroom Policy. The exception to this two-deep policy is music lessons in the Music Conservatory. The Program Director or department coordinators will make regular visits to the classrooms to ensure that classrooms are properly supervised. Protection Policy Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

16 Staffing Guidelines cont. The following ratios are staffing guidelines. A minimum of two adults***must be present regardless of the number of children / students present. MOPSone adult / 6-8 children Nurseryone adult / 6-8 children Preschoolone adult / 6-8 children Elementaryone adult / children Middle Schoolone adult / children High Schoolone adult / children Choirsone adult / children Staffing Guidelines cont. The following ratios are staffing guidelines. A minimum of two adults***must be present regardless of the number of children / students present. MOPSone adult / 6-8 children Nurseryone adult / 6-8 children Preschoolone adult / 6-8 children Elementaryone adult / children Middle Schoolone adult / children High Schoolone adult / children Choirsone adult / children Protection Policy Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

17 Staffing Guidelines cont. If a class is unexpectedly short-staffed, the following steps will be taken: (1) Combining of Classes: Two classes may be combined, if practical, to meet the staffing requirements. A notice will be posted for parents telling them where to pick up their children. (2) Utilization of Parent Helpers: If combining classes is not an appropriate option, a parent will be asked to stay to meet the staffing guidelines before additional children will be admitted to the classroom. The teacher will assume supervisory responsibility and inform the parent of pertinent policies (example: bathroom policy). (3) Cancellation of Class: Class meetings without adequate staffing will not commence. Additionally, programs which continually experience staffing deficiencies will be subject to review and possible cancellations. Staffing Guidelines cont. If a class is unexpectedly short-staffed, the following steps will be taken: (1) Combining of Classes: Two classes may be combined, if practical, to meet the staffing requirements. A notice will be posted for parents telling them where to pick up their children. (2) Utilization of Parent Helpers: If combining classes is not an appropriate option, a parent will be asked to stay to meet the staffing guidelines before additional children will be admitted to the classroom. The teacher will assume supervisory responsibility and inform the parent of pertinent policies (example: bathroom policy). (3) Cancellation of Class: Class meetings without adequate staffing will not commence. Additionally, programs which continually experience staffing deficiencies will be subject to review and possible cancellations. Protection Policy Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

18 Special Events / Overnight Policies Adult Supervision Guidelines The following ratios are adult supervision guidelines. A minimum of two adults must be present regardless of the number of children present. If there are not enough adults to meet these ratios, the event must be cancelled. Elementaryone adult / children Middle Schoolone adult / children High Schoolone adult / children Special Events / Overnight Policies Adult Supervision Guidelines The following ratios are adult supervision guidelines. A minimum of two adults must be present regardless of the number of children present. If there are not enough adults to meet these ratios, the event must be cancelled. Elementaryone adult / children Middle Schoolone adult / children High Schoolone adult / children Protection Policy Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

19 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Special Events / Overnight Policies Field Trips and Special Events –Church-sponsored, off-campus activities must be pre-approved by the Department Supervisor. Parents will be notified in advance. Two-deep leadership is essential for these types of excursions. –Proper written consent and medical release forms are required for each child participating in off-campus activities and are part of the on-line registration for these events. –When transporting children involved in an activity, all drivers must have a valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance. The number of persons per vehicle should not exceed the number of seat belts. Drivers and all passengers must fasten their seat belts. Special Events / Overnight Policies Field Trips and Special Events –Church-sponsored, off-campus activities must be pre-approved by the Department Supervisor. Parents will be notified in advance. Two-deep leadership is essential for these types of excursions. –Proper written consent and medical release forms are required for each child participating in off-campus activities and are part of the on-line registration for these events. –When transporting children involved in an activity, all drivers must have a valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance. The number of persons per vehicle should not exceed the number of seat belts. Drivers and all passengers must fasten their seat belts. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

20 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Special Events / Overnight Policies Overnight Activities –All overnight activities must have a ratio of one leader for every seven to eight youths. –All leaders will be responsible for an assigned group of children or youth during the overnight event. –All leaders should not be from the same family. –No children/students of the opposite gender shall be together without adult supervision. Special Events / Overnight Policies Overnight Activities –All overnight activities must have a ratio of one leader for every seven to eight youths. –All leaders will be responsible for an assigned group of children or youth during the overnight event. –All leaders should not be from the same family. –No children/students of the opposite gender shall be together without adult supervision. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

21 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Special Events / Overnight Policies Overnight Activities cont’d –All curfews set for overnight events will be followed. –Separate sleeping quarters must be designated for males and females. –A staff person will never sleep in a bed, cot, or sleeping bag with a minor. –Appropriately modest sleepwear must be worn by minors and staff. Special Events / Overnight Policies Overnight Activities cont’d –All curfews set for overnight events will be followed. –Separate sleeping quarters must be designated for males and females. –A staff person will never sleep in a bed, cot, or sleeping bag with a minor. –Appropriately modest sleepwear must be worn by minors and staff. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

22 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Proper Displays of Affection Physical contact with children should be age and developmentally appropriate. Adults must be sensitive to the child’s/youth’s comfort level, to differences of personality or family backgrounds, and to special needs. Examples of proper displays of affection: –One-arm side hugs, avoid full body contact hugs & kisses. –Touch: Gentle contact during activities on children’s heads, shoulders, arms, and hands. Backrubs should only occur as a public group activity. Demanding or pressuring for any physical touch is inappropriate. –Lap-sitting: may occur with children fives years old and younger, but inappropriate with children in grades 1 through 5. Encourage children to sit next to you. Proper Displays of Affection Physical contact with children should be age and developmentally appropriate. Adults must be sensitive to the child’s/youth’s comfort level, to differences of personality or family backgrounds, and to special needs. Examples of proper displays of affection: –One-arm side hugs, avoid full body contact hugs & kisses. –Touch: Gentle contact during activities on children’s heads, shoulders, arms, and hands. Backrubs should only occur as a public group activity. Demanding or pressuring for any physical touch is inappropriate. –Lap-sitting: may occur with children fives years old and younger, but inappropriate with children in grades 1 through 5. Encourage children to sit next to you. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

23 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Discipline Policy Nursery – Fifth grade –All disciplinary action should consider a child’s dignity and fragile life. Gentleness and respect must guide all words and actions. –Physical punishment and shaming words or actions are not allowed. –An individual volunteer may bring a child who is disruptive to the Children’s Ministry Office for a ‘time-out’ with a representative from the Children’s Ministry Team. Discipline Policy Nursery – Fifth grade –All disciplinary action should consider a child’s dignity and fragile life. Gentleness and respect must guide all words and actions. –Physical punishment and shaming words or actions are not allowed. –An individual volunteer may bring a child who is disruptive to the Children’s Ministry Office for a ‘time-out’ with a representative from the Children’s Ministry Team. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

24 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Discipline Policy Middle School and High School –All disciplinary action should consider a child’s dignity and fragile life. Gentleness and respect must guide all words and actions. –Physical punishment and shaming words or actions are not allowed. Discipline Policy Middle School and High School –All disciplinary action should consider a child’s dignity and fragile life. Gentleness and respect must guide all words and actions. –Physical punishment and shaming words or actions are not allowed. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

25 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy D. Special Concerns for Youth Ministry Driving When a staff member (volunteer or paid) is driving youths home, he or she should never be alone with a youth of the opposite sex, except with parent/guardian permission as described in this paragraph. If the possibility arises, call the student’s parents and ask if someone could pick up the student or if you may drive the student alone. If you aren’t able to speak with a parent, be sure to notify a fulltime program staff member before driving the student alone. Additionally, the driver must have a valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance. The number of persons per car should not exceed the number of seat belts. D. Special Concerns for Youth Ministry Driving When a staff member (volunteer or paid) is driving youths home, he or she should never be alone with a youth of the opposite sex, except with parent/guardian permission as described in this paragraph. If the possibility arises, call the student’s parents and ask if someone could pick up the student or if you may drive the student alone. If you aren’t able to speak with a parent, be sure to notify a fulltime program staff member before driving the student alone. Additionally, the driver must have a valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance. The number of persons per car should not exceed the number of seat belts. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

26 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Youth Contacts –Informal contacts between staff members (volunteer and paid) and youths should (if possible) be with the prior approval of parents. Such meetings should occur in public places. Dating –At no time shall anyone working with youth pursue a dating relationship with a youth. Staff should always be alert for and sensitive to “youths’ crushes" and their own “emotional attachment” to particular youths. The danger is that emotional attraction can lead to physical expressions. All intimate touches (including face or hands) are inappropriate. Youth Contacts –Informal contacts between staff members (volunteer and paid) and youths should (if possible) be with the prior approval of parents. Such meetings should occur in public places. Dating –At no time shall anyone working with youth pursue a dating relationship with a youth. Staff should always be alert for and sensitive to “youths’ crushes" and their own “emotional attachment” to particular youths. The danger is that emotional attraction can lead to physical expressions. All intimate touches (including face or hands) are inappropriate. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

27 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Open Door Policy –At no time should anyone working with youth have a one-on-one meeting behind closed doors unless a window allows unrestricted viewing into the room. When possible, for your protection, keep the door at least partially open. Ministry reports –Volunteers and interns are required to submit, at least bi-monthly, a report designed to increase their self-awareness of important relationship dynamics and helpfully guide their ministry choices. The appropriate pastor or director must review all reports and discuss any concerns with the volunteer or intern. Major concerns should be directed first to the Team Pastor/Director and second to the Executive Team. Open Door Policy –At no time should anyone working with youth have a one-on-one meeting behind closed doors unless a window allows unrestricted viewing into the room. When possible, for your protection, keep the door at least partially open. Ministry reports –Volunteers and interns are required to submit, at least bi-monthly, a report designed to increase their self-awareness of important relationship dynamics and helpfully guide their ministry choices. The appropriate pastor or director must review all reports and discuss any concerns with the volunteer or intern. Major concerns should be directed first to the Team Pastor/Director and second to the Executive Team. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

28 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy One-on-One Communication Outside Regular Church Setting –Communications with youth that are frequent or lengthy should be discouraged and not initiated unless for a particular pastoral reason, whether written or via any electronic media/device. Communicating anonymously is prohibited. Communications via any form of technology need to be included in your regular ministry reports. Personal Disclosure –While your own personal disclosures of the challenges and difficulties you’ve experienced can build rapport and trust and encourage youths’ honest discussion of their life situations, they can also create an unhelpful and confusing emotional intimacy. Your personal disclosures should be infrequent and brief and always for the benefit of the youths not yourself. Do not talk with youths for your own support and guidance. Any significant personal disclosures must be included in your regular ministry reports. One-on-One Communication Outside Regular Church Setting –Communications with youth that are frequent or lengthy should be discouraged and not initiated unless for a particular pastoral reason, whether written or via any electronic media/device. Communicating anonymously is prohibited. Communications via any form of technology need to be included in your regular ministry reports. Personal Disclosure –While your own personal disclosures of the challenges and difficulties you’ve experienced can build rapport and trust and encourage youths’ honest discussion of their life situations, they can also create an unhelpful and confusing emotional intimacy. Your personal disclosures should be infrequent and brief and always for the benefit of the youths not yourself. Do not talk with youths for your own support and guidance. Any significant personal disclosures must be included in your regular ministry reports. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

29 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Youth Disclosure –At times youths (known, anonymous or new contacts) may reveal highly personal information. You need not avoid such communication because it may be an opportunity for significant ministry. But you cannot promise total confidentiality. Everything significant needs to be reported to the pastor/director of your ministry area (sometimes ASAP not in your next ministry report) and some things may need to be discussed with others as well – e.g. suicidal thoughts, plans, attempts; past abuse or current risk of serious harm to self or others; dangerous activities. While you can offer significant Christian care, you are not professional counselors. It is important, therefore, at times 1) to get appropriate consultation with the pastor/director of your ministry area and the pastor of counseling, 2) to encourage youths to speak to a counselor, the pastor of counseling, or another pastor, and 3) not attempt to take the place of a trained counselor. Youth Disclosure –At times youths (known, anonymous or new contacts) may reveal highly personal information. You need not avoid such communication because it may be an opportunity for significant ministry. But you cannot promise total confidentiality. Everything significant needs to be reported to the pastor/director of your ministry area (sometimes ASAP not in your next ministry report) and some things may need to be discussed with others as well – e.g. suicidal thoughts, plans, attempts; past abuse or current risk of serious harm to self or others; dangerous activities. While you can offer significant Christian care, you are not professional counselors. It is important, therefore, at times 1) to get appropriate consultation with the pastor/director of your ministry area and the pastor of counseling, 2) to encourage youths to speak to a counselor, the pastor of counseling, or another pastor, and 3) not attempt to take the place of a trained counselor. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

30 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Pornography It is totally inappropriate to show or view with a minor any form or medium of pornography. Full efforts must be made to prevent any access to pornography on all offsite and overnight activities. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

31 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy E. Volunteer Screening Procedures Children 1. Application (Appendix J of Protection Policy) 2. Criminal Record Check 3. Interview 4. Background Check and/or Reference Checks 5. Orientation and training E. Volunteer Screening Procedures Children 1. Application (Appendix J of Protection Policy) 2. Criminal Record Check 3. Interview 4. Background Check and/or Reference Checks 5. Orientation and training Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

32 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy E. Volunteer Screen Procedures Middle School and High School 1. Application (Appendix J of Protection Policy) 2. Criminal Record Check 3. Interview and orientation 4. Background Check and/or Reference Check 5. Program Observation – four weeks 6. Second interview 7. Total Involvement E. Volunteer Screen Procedures Middle School and High School 1. Application (Appendix J of Protection Policy) 2. Criminal Record Check 3. Interview and orientation 4. Background Check and/or Reference Check 5. Program Observation – four weeks 6. Second interview 7. Total Involvement Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

33 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy E. Volunteer Screen Procedures Music Conservatory Teachers 1. Application (Appendix J of Protection Policy) 2. Criminal Record Check 3. Background Check and/or Reference Check A volunteer is considered approved when they have filled out the appropriate application, the screening procedures related to the volunteer have been completed, the volunteer has been orientated on the Protection Policy's procedures outlined in this document, and the volunteer has been notified in person of his/her approved status. E. Volunteer Screen Procedures Music Conservatory Teachers 1. Application (Appendix J of Protection Policy) 2. Criminal Record Check 3. Background Check and/or Reference Check A volunteer is considered approved when they have filled out the appropriate application, the screening procedures related to the volunteer have been completed, the volunteer has been orientated on the Protection Policy's procedures outlined in this document, and the volunteer has been notified in person of his/her approved status. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

34 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Annual Renewal Application Christ Church requires all teachers in the Music Conservatory and all volunteers in the MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers), Early Childhood, Children's, and Youth Ministries to reaffirm that their life circumstances have not changed in ways that may negatively impact their ministry. This is done with an Annual Renewal Application (Appendix L of the Protection Policy) which inquires about the same matters included in the Confidential Part II of their initial application. Annual Renewal Application Christ Church requires all teachers in the Music Conservatory and all volunteers in the MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers), Early Childhood, Children's, and Youth Ministries to reaffirm that their life circumstances have not changed in ways that may negatively impact their ministry. This is done with an Annual Renewal Application (Appendix L of the Protection Policy) which inquires about the same matters included in the Confidential Part II of their initial application. Continue Security, Supervision, and Selection Policies

35 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy A. Reporting the Abuse All volunteers and employees of Christ Church of Oak Brook shall immediately report to the Minister/Director of their Ministry Area any allegations or suspicions of abuse or neglect of minor children (0-18 years old) which they become aware of during their duties at Christ Church. If the appropriate Minister/Director is unavailable [or if the allegation or suspicion involves them], all allegations or suspicions shall be immediately reported to the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team. A. Reporting the Abuse All volunteers and employees of Christ Church of Oak Brook shall immediately report to the Minister/Director of their Ministry Area any allegations or suspicions of abuse or neglect of minor children (0-18 years old) which they become aware of during their duties at Christ Church. If the appropriate Minister/Director is unavailable [or if the allegation or suspicion involves them], all allegations or suspicions shall be immediately reported to the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team. Continue Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect

36 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy A report is called for if a child: Verbally complains about, or mentions in passing, specific acts of neglect or abuse (physical, sexual, or verbal) or exposure to sexual activity, pornography or abuse of others; Verbally complains about, or mentions in passing, vague references to having to do bad things or having bad things/secret things done to him or her; Alludes to abuse or neglect in writing, in prayer requests, or in drawings; Has an injury [e.g. a patch of missing hair, a burn or a bruise] that can’t be adequately explained or which the child attempts to hide or deny; Continue Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect

37 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy A report is called for if a child: Has an inordinate number of explained injuries; Has an age inappropriate interest in or knowledge of sexual matters or acting out of sexual behavior; Is frequently dirty or smelly or inadequately dressed, has bad teeth or hair falling out, is undernourished, does not receive appropriate medical care for injuries; Reports or evidences difficulty urinating or discomfort sitting; Reports or evidences an atypical fear or discomfort of being with particular people. Continue Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect

38 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy All allegations or suspicions of abuse or neglect shall be kept confidential and reported to appropriate persons indicated in the Protection Policy. Once reported, the volunteer or employee of Christ Church of Oak Brook shall complete and submit a “Suspicion of Child Abuse or Neglect” Form (Appendix M of the Protection Policy). These Forms are available from the Minister/Director of each ministry area, the Senior Pastor, or another member of the Executive Team. All allegations or suspicions of abuse or neglect shall be kept confidential and reported to appropriate persons indicated in the Protection Policy. Once reported, the volunteer or employee of Christ Church of Oak Brook shall complete and submit a “Suspicion of Child Abuse or Neglect” Form (Appendix M of the Protection Policy). These Forms are available from the Minister/Director of each ministry area, the Senior Pastor, or another member of the Executive Team. Continue Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect

39 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy B. Responding to a Child/Youth If and when a child/youth first speaks to you about abuse or neglect, be sure to take his/her word seriously. Don’t deny or minimize the problem. Stay calm and listen. Offer emotional reassurance that it was right to tell you and that it is OK to talk about what may be bothering them. Do not promise you will not tell anyone. If the child/youth asks, tell with whom you will discuss the problem. B. Responding to a Child/Youth If and when a child/youth first speaks to you about abuse or neglect, be sure to take his/her word seriously. Don’t deny or minimize the problem. Stay calm and listen. Offer emotional reassurance that it was right to tell you and that it is OK to talk about what may be bothering them. Do not promise you will not tell anyone. If the child/youth asks, tell with whom you will discuss the problem. Continue Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect

40 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy B. Responding to a Child/Youth As a volunteer or employee of Christ Church, it is not your responsibility to interrogate the child/youth to get “all the facts” or to attempt to substantiate any allegation or suspicion of abuse or neglect. Your responsibility is to listen, to ask a few questions so you have some understanding of what the child/youth has said to you, to offer reassurance that it is OK to talk about what’s bothering the child/youth, and to immediately report your concern to the Minister/Director of your Ministry Area. The Minister/Director of the Ministry Area will then complete their own form (Appendix N of the Protection Policy). Both forms are to be given to the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team. B. Responding to a Child/Youth As a volunteer or employee of Christ Church, it is not your responsibility to interrogate the child/youth to get “all the facts” or to attempt to substantiate any allegation or suspicion of abuse or neglect. Your responsibility is to listen, to ask a few questions so you have some understanding of what the child/youth has said to you, to offer reassurance that it is OK to talk about what’s bothering the child/youth, and to immediately report your concern to the Minister/Director of your Ministry Area. The Minister/Director of the Ministry Area will then complete their own form (Appendix N of the Protection Policy). Both forms are to be given to the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team. Continue Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect

41 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy C. Review Committee When a report has been made and the “Suspicion of Child Abuse or Neglect” forms have been completed, the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team will be informed, our Insurer’s Claim Team will be called, and the Review Committee assembled. The Review Committee shall consist of the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team, an attorney, a physician, and, on a pro tem basis, the Minister/Director of the Ministry Area in which the allegation or suspicion was reported. C. Review Committee When a report has been made and the “Suspicion of Child Abuse or Neglect” forms have been completed, the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team will be informed, our Insurer’s Claim Team will be called, and the Review Committee assembled. The Review Committee shall consist of the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team, an attorney, a physician, and, on a pro tem basis, the Minister/Director of the Ministry Area in which the allegation or suspicion was reported. Continue Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect

42 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy C. Review Committee The Review Committee will make an assessment within twenty-four hours, and make a recommendation of what steps should be taken to the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team. The Review Committee should lean toward outside consultation and reporting of all alleged misconduct—especially if the alleged misconduct was by a staff person. Only the Review Committee has the authority to terminate the process of investigation and intervention. C. Review Committee The Review Committee will make an assessment within twenty-four hours, and make a recommendation of what steps should be taken to the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team. The Review Committee should lean toward outside consultation and reporting of all alleged misconduct—especially if the alleged misconduct was by a staff person. Only the Review Committee has the authority to terminate the process of investigation and intervention. Continue Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect

43 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy C. Review Committee The Senior Pastor and all members of the Executive Team, the Director/Pastor who submitted the Suspicion Form (Appendix N of the Protection Policy), and their direct supervisor shall be informed of the initial assessment of the Review Committee. C. Review Committee The Senior Pastor and all members of the Executive Team, the Director/Pastor who submitted the Suspicion Form (Appendix N of the Protection Policy), and their direct supervisor shall be informed of the initial assessment of the Review Committee. Continue Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect

44 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Only those persons designated by the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team will be authorized to speak to any outside consultants or agencies (e.g. Insurer or the Department of Child and Family Services), the alleged abuser and victim and their families, to the Christ Church community, the press or the community at large about any allegations or suspicions of abuse. All those authorized by the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team will comply with Illinois law regarding mandatory reporting of suspected abuse or neglect and will cooperate with any state or local investigations and the agents of our insurer. Only those persons designated by the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team will be authorized to speak to any outside consultants or agencies (e.g. Insurer or the Department of Child and Family Services), the alleged abuser and victim and their families, to the Christ Church community, the press or the community at large about any allegations or suspicions of abuse. All those authorized by the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team will comply with Illinois law regarding mandatory reporting of suspected abuse or neglect and will cooperate with any state or local investigations and the agents of our insurer. Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect Continue

45 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy Unless the parent or legal guardian of the minor child/youth may be involved in the alleged abuse or neglect, the parent or legal guardian will be notified and pastoral care offered to all those affected. Any employee or volunteer who may be involved in the alleged abuse or neglect will be immediately relieved of any ministry responsibilities that involve children or youth. Any employee or volunteer not found innocent of the alleged abuse or neglect will be removed from their ministry with children or youth. Unless the parent or legal guardian of the minor child/youth may be involved in the alleged abuse or neglect, the parent or legal guardian will be notified and pastoral care offered to all those affected. Any employee or volunteer who may be involved in the alleged abuse or neglect will be immediately relieved of any ministry responsibilities that involve children or youth. Any employee or volunteer not found innocent of the alleged abuse or neglect will be removed from their ministry with children or youth. Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect Continue

46 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy D.Summary of Responsibilities Volunteer or employee –Respond to the child or youth –Report to the Director/Minister of your Ministry Area –Complete Suspicion of Child Abuse or Neglect Form (Appendix M of the Protection Policy) and give to the Director/Minister of your Ministry Area –Keep the identify of the child/youth, the conversations, and the report confidential D.Summary of Responsibilities Volunteer or employee –Respond to the child or youth –Report to the Director/Minister of your Ministry Area –Complete Suspicion of Child Abuse or Neglect Form (Appendix M of the Protection Policy) and give to the Director/Minister of your Ministry Area –Keep the identify of the child/youth, the conversations, and the report confidential Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect Continue

47 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy D.Summary of Responsibilities Director / Minister of the Ministry Area –Discuss the form and the interaction of the volunteer or employee with the child or youth –Complete the form (Appendix N of the Protection Policy) and give to the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team –Keep the identity of the child, the conversations, and the reports confidential D.Summary of Responsibilities Director / Minister of the Ministry Area –Discuss the form and the interaction of the volunteer or employee with the child or youth –Complete the form (Appendix N of the Protection Policy) and give to the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team –Keep the identity of the child, the conversations, and the reports confidential Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect Continue

48 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy D.Summary of Responsibilities Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team –Notify the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team of the concern and give copies of the forms (Appendices M & N) –Call our Insurer’s Claim Team –Assemble the Review Committee –Inform the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team of the initial assessment of the Review Committee –Give copies of the final report to members of the Review Committee, the Senior Pastor, and other members of the Executive Team –Keep the identity of the child, the conversations, and the reports confidential D.Summary of Responsibilities Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team –Notify the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team of the concern and give copies of the forms (Appendices M & N) –Call our Insurer’s Claim Team –Assemble the Review Committee –Inform the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team of the initial assessment of the Review Committee –Give copies of the final report to members of the Review Committee, the Senior Pastor, and other members of the Executive Team –Keep the identity of the child, the conversations, and the reports confidential Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect Continue

49 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy D.Summary of Responsibilities Review Committee –Make an initial assessment within 24 hours –Make a recommendation of what steps should be taken to the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team –Keep the identity of the child, the conversations, the reports, the assessment, and the recommendations confidential D.Summary of Responsibilities Review Committee –Make an initial assessment within 24 hours –Make a recommendation of what steps should be taken to the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team –Keep the identity of the child, the conversations, the reports, the assessment, and the recommendations confidential Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect Continue

50 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy D.Summary of Responsibilities Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team –Make final decision of what steps should be taken –Authorize, as appropriate, persons to speak to any outside consultants or agencies, the alleged abuser and victim and their families, to the Christ Church community, the press or the community at large about any allegations suspicions of abuse D.Summary of Responsibilities Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team –Make final decision of what steps should be taken –Authorize, as appropriate, persons to speak to any outside consultants or agencies, the alleged abuser and victim and their families, to the Christ Church community, the press or the community at large about any allegations suspicions of abuse Response to Allegations or Suspicions of Child Abuse or Neglect Continue

51 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Protection Policy It is the responsibility of the Executive Directory of Ministry Services (in coordination with the directors/pastors of each ministry area) to ensure: –That all paid staff and volunteers are aware of the Protection Policy. –That each September and January the Elders of Christ Church of Oak Brook approve all new volunteers in the MOPS, Early Childhood, Children’s and Student Ministries. –That the staff of the Music Conservatory, Preschool, Early Childhood, Children’s and Student Ministries cooperate and meet with representatives of the Protection Policy Audit Team (typically in September, January, and May) to celebrate and pray for their ministries and to consider any challenges or questions there may be about the content or implementation of the Protection Policies. It is the responsibility of the Executive Directory of Ministry Services (in coordination with the directors/pastors of each ministry area) to ensure: –That all paid staff and volunteers are aware of the Protection Policy. –That each September and January the Elders of Christ Church of Oak Brook approve all new volunteers in the MOPS, Early Childhood, Children’s and Student Ministries. –That the staff of the Music Conservatory, Preschool, Early Childhood, Children’s and Student Ministries cooperate and meet with representatives of the Protection Policy Audit Team (typically in September, January, and May) to celebrate and pray for their ministries and to consider any challenges or questions there may be about the content or implementation of the Protection Policies. Responsibility of Staff and Volunteers Back to Start

52 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Volunteer Qualifications Must have been involved at Christ Church for six months before having their application considered. Must complete the initial application for each ministry area they desire to volunteer: Early Childhood Ministry, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Music Conservatory. At least two references will be checked from the volunteer’s previous church affiliation or community organization. (If volunteer has been a Christ Church member for two or more years, references may be from Christ Church.) Must authorize a nationwide Criminal History Background check. Must complete an Annual Renewal Application each year. Must have been involved at Christ Church for six months before having their application considered. Must complete the initial application for each ministry area they desire to volunteer: Early Childhood Ministry, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), Children’s Ministry, Youth Ministry, Music Conservatory. At least two references will be checked from the volunteer’s previous church affiliation or community organization. (If volunteer has been a Christ Church member for two or more years, references may be from Christ Church.) Must authorize a nationwide Criminal History Background check. Must complete an Annual Renewal Application each year. Continue Each volunteer…

53 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Scenario #1 The 7-year old daughter of a very prominent church family has a small burn on her arm and didn’t want to tell how it happened. What should you do? Click box to answer.  Do nothing. Do nothing.  Ask her mother, a close personal friend of your mother, what happened. Ask her mother, a close personal friend of your mother, what happened.  Talk and pray with your spouse and then decide what to do. Talk and pray with your spouse and then decide what to do.  Tell the Director of your ministry what you heard and saw. Tell the Director of your ministry what you heard and saw.  Talk with another volunteer who has more experience and decide what to do. Talk with another volunteer who has more experience and decide what to do.

54 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Try again > Scenario #1 The 7-year old daughter of a very prominent church family has a small burn on her arm and didn’t want to tell how it happened. What should you do? Click to check an answer.  Do nothing. Do nothing.  Ask her mother, a close personal friend of your mother, what happened. Ask her mother, a close personal friend of your mother, what happened.  Talk and pray with your spouse and then decide what to do. Talk and pray with your spouse and then decide what to do.  Tell the Director of your ministry what you heard and saw. Tell the Director of your ministry what you heard and saw.  Talk with another volunteer who has more experience and decide what to do. Talk with another volunteer who has more experience and decide what to do. Doing nothing is not acceptable. As a volunteer, you are expected to report immediately all allegations or suspicions of abuse to the Ministry Director/Pastor.

55 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Try again > Scenario #1 The 7-year old daughter of a very prominent church family has a small burn on her arm and didn’t want to tell how it happened. What should you do? Click to check an answer.  Do nothing. Do nothing.  Ask her mother, a close personal friend of your mother, what happened. Ask her mother, a close personal friend of your mother, what happened.  Talk and pray with your spouse and then decide what to do. Talk and pray with your spouse and then decide what to do.  Tell the Director of your ministry what you heard and saw. Tell the Director of your ministry what you heard and saw.  Talk with another volunteer who has more experience and decide what to do. Talk with another volunteer who has more experience and decide what to do. Talking with the child’s mother is not the best way. You MUST maintain strict confidentiality about ANY allegations or suspicions of possible neglect or abuse. ONLY talk with the Director/Pastor of the Ministry area!

56 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Try again > Scenario #1 The 7-year old daughter of a very prominent church family has a small burn on her arm and didn’t want to tell how it happened. What should you do? Click to check an answer.  Do nothing. Do nothing.  Ask her mother, a close personal friend of your mother, what happened. Ask her mother, a close personal friend of your mother, what happened.  Talk and pray with your spouse and then decide what to do. Talk and pray with your spouse and then decide what to do.  Tell the Director of your ministry what you heard and saw. Tell the Director of your ministry what you heard and saw.  Talk with another volunteer who has more experience and decide what to do. Talk with another volunteer who has more experience and decide what to do. Talking and praying about it with your spouse is inappropriate. YOU don’t need to discern what actually happened, but you MUST report immediately any suspicion of abuse.

57 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Continue > Scenario #1 The 7-year old daughter of a very prominent church family has a small burn on her arm and didn’t want to tell how it happened. What should you do? Click to check an answer.  Do nothing. Do nothing.  Ask her mother, a close personal friend of your mother, what happened. Ask her mother, a close personal friend of your mother, what happened.  Talk and pray with your spouse and then decide what to do. Talk and pray with your spouse and then decide what to do.  Tell the Director of your ministry what you heard and saw. Tell the Director of your ministry what you heard and saw.  Talk with another volunteer who has more experience and decide what to do. Talk with another volunteer who has more experience and decide what to do. Yes. You MUST report what you saw and heard to the Director/Pastor of the Children’s Ministry and you must maintain strict confidentiality. He/She will ask you to fill out a report; they will fill out their own report, then inform the Senior Pastor or member of the Executive Team who will organize a Review Committee. If you have ongoing concerns or questions, talk to the Director/Pastor of the Children’s Ministry.

58 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Try again > Scenario #1 The 7-year old daughter of a very prominent church family has a small burn on her arm and didn’t want to tell how it happened. What should you do? Click to check an answer.  Do nothing. Do nothing.  Ask her mother, a close personal friend of your mother, what happened. Ask her mother, a close personal friend of your mother, what happened.  Talk and pray with your spouse and then decide what to do. Talk and pray with your spouse and then decide what to do.  Tell the Director of your ministry what you heard and saw. Tell the Director of your ministry what you heard and saw.  Talk with another volunteer who has more experience and decide what to do. Talk with another volunteer who has more experience and decide what to do. Talking with any other volunteer about it is inappropriate. You MUST maintain strict confidentiality and you MUST report immediately any suspicion of abuse.

59 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Scenario #2 A newspaper reporter corners you when you pull into your driveway at home saying he got tip that you were the church volunteer who heroically turned in a prominent church member and community leader who had been inflicting severe burns on his daughter’s back. The reporter says he had given the story to his editor but he was hoping to add some personal comment from you. What should you do?  Ask if there’s time to change clothes before you give the interview. Ask if there’s time to change clothes before you give the interview.  Tell him it was just one small burn on her arm. Tell him it was just one small burn on her arm.  Tell him “No comment” Tell him “No comment”  Tell him that if he has any questions about Christ Church’s Protection Policies, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Tell him that if he has any questions about Christ Church’s Protection Policies, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Click to check an answer.  Tell him that for any questions about Christ Church, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Then go into your house and call the Senior Pastor. Tell him that for any questions about Christ Church, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Then go into your house and call the Senior Pastor.

60 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Try again > Scenario #2 A newspaper reporter corners you when you pull into your driveway at home saying he got tip that you were the church volunteer who heroically turned in a prominent church member and community leader who had been inflicting severe burns on his daughter’s back. The reporter says he had given the story to his editor but he was hoping to add some personal comment from you. What should you do?  Ask if there’s time to change clothes before you give the interview. Ask if there’s time to change clothes before you give the interview.  Tell him it was just one small burn on her arm. Tell him it was just one small burn on her arm.  Tell him “No comment” Tell him “No comment”  Tell him that if he has any questions about Christ Church’s Protection Policies, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Tell him that if he has any questions about Christ Church’s Protection Policies, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Click to check an answer.  Tell him that for any questions about Christ Church, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Then go into your house and call the Senior Pastor. Tell him that for any questions about Christ Church, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Then go into your house and call the Senior Pastor. No, no, no, no, no.

61 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Try again > Scenario #2 A newspaper reporter corners you when you pull into your driveway at home saying he got tip that you were the church volunteer who heroically turned in a prominent church member and community leader who had been inflicting severe burns on his daughter’s back. The reporter says he had given the story to his editor but he was hoping to add some personal comment from you. What should you do?  Ask if there’s time to change clothes before you give the interview. Ask if there’s time to change clothes before you give the interview.  Tell him it was just one small burn on her arm. Tell him it was just one small burn on her arm.  Tell him “No comment” Tell him “No comment”  Tell him that if he has any questions about Christ Church’s Protection Policies, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Tell him that if he has any questions about Christ Church’s Protection Policies, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Click to check an answer.  Tell him that for any questions about Christ Church, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Then go into your house and call the Senior Pastor. Tell him that for any questions about Christ Church, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Then go into your house and call the Senior Pastor. Tempting as it may be to correct an excessive rumor, talking with a reporter is NOT a good idea. Only the Senior Pastor or a person authorized by him should talk to any media persons.

62 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Try again > Scenario #2 A newspaper reporter corners you when you pull into your driveway at home saying he got tip that you were the church volunteer who heroically turned in a prominent church member and community leader who had been inflicting severe burns on his daughter’s back. The reporter says he had given the story to his editor but he was hoping to add some personal comment from you. What should you do?  Ask if there’s time to change clothes before you give the interview. Ask if there’s time to change clothes before you give the interview.  Tell him it was just one small burn on her arm. Tell him it was just one small burn on her arm.  Tell him “No comment” Tell him “No comment”  Tell him that if he has any questions about Christ Church’s Protection Policies, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Tell him that if he has any questions about Christ Church’s Protection Policies, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Click to check an answer.  Tell him that for any questions about Christ Church, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Then go into your house and call the Senior Pastor. Tell him that for any questions about Christ Church, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Then go into your house and call the Senior Pastor. In today’s culture “No comment” is often taken as a confirmation, whether intended or not. This is not the best answer.

63 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Try again > Scenario #2 A newspaper reporter corners you when you pull into your driveway at home saying he got tip that you were the church volunteer who heroically turned in a prominent church member and community leader who had been inflicting severe burns on his daughter’s back. The reporter says he had given the story to his editor but he was hoping to add some personal comment from you. What should you do?  Ask if there’s time to change clothes before you give the interview. Ask if there’s time to change clothes before you give the interview.  Tell him it was just one small burn on her arm. Tell him it was just one small burn on her arm.  Tell him “No comment” Tell him “No comment”  Tell him that if he has any questions about Christ Church’s Protection Policies, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Tell him that if he has any questions about Christ Church’s Protection Policies, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Click to check an answer.  Tell him that for any questions about Christ Church, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Then go into your house and call the Senior Pastor. Tell him that for any questions about Christ Church, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Then go into your house and call the Senior Pastor. This response is good in that it directs the media to the Senior Pastor, but it isn’t wise to say “if he has any questions about CCOB’s Protection Policies…”. That may be taken as a confirmation that something happened.

64 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Continue > Scenario #2 A newspaper reporter corners you when you pull into your driveway at home saying he got tip that you were the church volunteer who heroically turned in a prominent church member and community leader who had been inflicting severe burns on his daughter’s back. The reporter says he had given the story to his editor but he was hoping to add some personal comment from you. What should you do?  Ask if there’s time to change clothes before you give the interview. Ask if there’s time to change clothes before you give the interview.  Tell him it was just one small burn on her arm. Tell him it was just one small burn on her arm.  Tell him “No comment” Tell him “No comment”  Tell him that if he has any questions about Christ Church’s Protection Policies, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Tell him that if he has any questions about Christ Church’s Protection Policies, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Click to check an answer.  Tell him that for any questions about Christ Church, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Then go into your house and call the Senior Pastor. Tell him that for any questions about Christ Church, he should contact the Senior Pastor. Then go into your house and call the Senior Pastor. This response directs the reporter to the Senior Pastor for any questions about Christ Church. While our Protection Policies do not specifically address this situation, it is wise to call the Senior Pastor to make him aware of what just happened

65 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Scenario #3 The 10-year old son of a family visiting the church for the first time pushes another child aside at the drinking fountain. When you and another volunteer intervene, he says that his 15-year old brother beats up on him all the time and begins to cry. What should you do? Click to check an answer.  Comfort him and tell him that you’ll try to make it stop. Comfort him and tell him that you’ll try to make it stop.  Talk with another volunteer who saw the incident and decide what to do. Talk with another volunteer who saw the incident and decide what to do.  Tell one or both of his parents what happened and see how they respond. Tell one or both of his parents what happened and see how they respond.  Tell the Director of your ministry area what you heard and saw. Tell the Director of your ministry area what you heard and saw.  Talk with the Director of your ministry area and together decide what to do. Talk with the Director of your ministry area and together decide what to do.

66 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Try again > Scenario #3 The 10-year old son of a family visiting the church for the first time pushes another child aside at the drinking fountain. When you and another volunteer intervene, he says that his 15-year old brother beats up on him all the time and begins to cry. What should you do? Click to check an answer.  Comfort him and tell him that you’ll try to make it stop. Comfort him and tell him that you’ll try to make it stop.  Talk with another volunteer who saw the incident and decide what to do. Talk with another volunteer who saw the incident and decide what to do.  Tell one or both of his parents what happened and see how they respond.  Tell the Director of your ministry area what you heard and saw.  Talk with the Director of your ministry area and together decide what to do. The desire to comfort and protect a child is good, but it’s not wise to promise something beyond your control.

67 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Try again > Scenario #3 The 10-year old son of a family visiting the church for the first time pushes another child aside at the drinking fountain. When you and another volunteer intervene, he says that his 15-year old brother beats up on him all the time and begins to cry. What should you do? Click to check an answer.  Comfort him and tell him that you’ll try to make it stop. Comfort him and tell him that you’ll try to make it stop.  Talk with another volunteer who saw the incident and decide what to do. Talk with another volunteer who saw the incident and decide what to do.  Tell one or both of his parents what happened and see how they respond.  Tell the Director of your ministry area what you heard and saw.  Talk with the Director of your ministry area and together decide what to do. It’s OK to talk with the other volunteer with you, but neither of you should decide what to do. Instead, you both need to report immediately to the Director of the ministry area.

68 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Try again > Scenario #3 The 10-year old son of a family visiting the church for the first time pushes another child aside at the drinking fountain. When you and another volunteer intervene, he says that his 15-year old brother beats up on him all the time and begins to cry. What should you do? Click to check an answer.  Comfort him and tell him that you’ll try to make it stop. Comfort him and tell him that you’ll try to make it stop.  Talk with another volunteer who saw the incident and decide what to do. Talk with another volunteer who saw the incident and decide what to do.  Tell one or both of his parents what happened and see how they respond.  Tell the Director of your ministry area what you heard and saw.  Talk with the Director of your ministry area and together decide what to do. It’s not your responsibility or your right to talk to his parents and try to figure out what may be happening at home. You must maintain strict confidentiality.

69 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Try again > Scenario #3 The 10-year old son of a family visiting the church for the first time pushes another child aside at the drinking fountain. When you and another volunteer intervene, he says that his 15-year old brother beats up on him all the time and begins to cry. What should you do? Click to check an answer.  Comfort him and tell him that you’ll try to make it stop. Comfort him and tell him that you’ll try to make it stop.  Talk with another volunteer who saw the incident and decide what to do. Talk with another volunteer who saw the incident and decide what to do.  Tell one or both of his parents what happened and see how they respond.  Tell the Director of your ministry area what you heard and saw.  Talk with the Director of your ministry area and together decide what to do. It’s OK to talk with the Director/Pastor of the ministry area, but neither of you has the right or responsibility to decide what to do. The Director of the ministry area needs to give her/his report and your report to the Senior Pastor or another member of the Executive Team, who will organize a Review Committee that has authority to decide what to do.

70 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Continue > Scenario #3 The 10-year old son of a family visiting the church for the first time pushes another child aside at the drinking fountain. When you and another volunteer intervene, he says that his 15-year old brother beats up on him all the time and begins to cry. What should you do? Click to check an answer.  Comfort him and tell him that you’ll try to make it stop. Comfort him and tell him that you’ll try to make it stop.  Talk with another volunteer who saw the incident and decide what to do. Talk with another volunteer who saw the incident and decide what to do.  Tell one or both of his parents what happened and see how they respond.  Tell the Director of your ministry area what you heard and saw.  Talk with the Directory of your ministry area and together decide what to do. Yes. This is the best answer.

71 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Continue Who should report allegations of abuse? All volunteers/employees of Christ Church! How soon? To whom? Report what? IMMEDIATELY on becoming aware of it in their role as a Christ Church volunteer or employee! To the Minister/Director of their ministry area. Any allegations/suspicions of abuse (or neglect) of minor children/youth (ages yrs.)

72 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Continue When to report allegations of abuse? When a child/youth: Verbally complains about, or mentions in passing, specific acts of neglect or abuse done to him/herself. Verbally complains about, or mentions in passing, exposure to or observation of sexual activity, pornography, or abuse of others. Verbally complains about, or mentions in passing, having to do ‘bad things’ or having ‘bad things /secret things’ done to him/her or someone else. Alludes to abuse or neglect in writing, in prayer requests, or in drawings. Has an injury [e.g. a patch of missing hair, a burn or a bruise] that can’t be adequately explained or which the child attempts to hide or deny.

73 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Continue When to report allegations of abuse? When a child/youth: Has an inordinate number of unexplained injuries. Verbally reports or evidences difficulty urinating or discomfort sitting. Has an age-inappropriate interest in or knowledge of sexual matters or acts out sexual behavior. Verbally reports or evidences an atypical fear or discomfort of being with particular people. Is frequently dirty, smelly, or inadequately dressed, has bad teeth or hair falling out, is undernourished, does not receive proper medical care for injuries.

74 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Continue Steps to follow 1.Stay calm, observe and listen to the child. 2.Let the child say as much as he/she will on his/her own. 3.Take the child’s words seriously. 4.Reassure the child. 5.Don’t jump to or verbalize conclusions. Never say “You were abused.” or “You’re being neglected.” Don’t question, deny or minimize the child’s comments. Don’t ask “Are you sure that’s what happened?” Don’t say “I’m sure that’s not what happened.” Don’t say “That doesn’t sound so bad.” Do say “I’m glad you told me that.” or “It’s a good thing to let me know what’s bothering you.”

75 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Continue Steps to follow 6. Don’t voice or indicate strong or absolute moral judgments. 7. Do speak in a neutral tone. 8. After the child has said something, it’s OK to ask a few clarifying questions. Don’t pressure them to answer any question. Always listen carefully to each complete answer. Don’t ask a string of rapid questions. Don’t say “That’s horrible” or “That’s wrong.” It’s OK to say “That doesn’t sound good.” Constantly reassure the child: “I’m glad you told me that.” or “It’s a good thing to let me know what’s bothering you.” Perhaps ask “What happened?” or “Who did that?” or “What happened then?”

76 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Continue Steps to follow 9. If the child hasn’t said anything, but you see something that concerns you, it may be helpful to comment or ask a few questions. a.Again, don’t pressure the child to answer any question. b.Always listen carefully to each complete answer. Don’t ask a string of rapid questions. If noticing an injury or physical discomfort, perhaps “That seems to hurt” or “What’s this?” If the child is acting out sexual behavior, perhaps “What is that?” If the child shows atypical fear, “Are you doing OK today?” If the child won’t answer, don’t ask any more questions. Instead, reassure him/her. Remember, it is NOT your responsibility nor your right to try to get “all the facts.” Do NOT attempt in any way to substantiate or to disprove any allegations or suspicions!

77 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Continue Steps to follow 10. Do NOT promise that you won’t tell anyone. a. If the child asks you not to tell. b. If the child asks “Who are you going to tell or what are you going to do?” 11.Speak in person or on the phone with the Minister or Director of your ministry area. If requested, fill in the form “Suspicion of Child Abuse or Neglect.” 12.Keep confidentiality. First ask “What do you want me to do?” Second, listen to anything they want to tell you. Third, tell them the name of the Minister or area ministry director. Fourth, reassure them. Speak only to the Executive Team or the Review Committee about what you heard, observed, or did. Reflect back their concern, “You want me not to tell anyone?” Wait to see their response. It’s OK to ask “Why don’t you want me to tell anyone?”

78 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Continue What happens then? Review Committee makes assessment within 24 Hours determines steps to be taken, who to handle situation keeps Sr. Pastor, Exec Pastor informed terminates investigation or starts intervention Senior Pastor or member of the Executive Team will set up a Review Committee, and authorize who will talk to: the alleged abuser the victim the victim’s family

79 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Identifying Suspected Abuse Return to Main Menu Return to Main Menu What happens then? Senior Pastor or member of the Executive Team then authorizes who will talk to: the Church community the press the community at large

80 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Frequently Asked Questions Continue #1 Always bring these children to the Children’s Ministry Office and leave them with either the Children’s Ministry Assistant or the Director of Children’s Ministry. What should I do if class has been out fifteen minutes or more and at least one child has not been picked up by a parent?

81 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Frequently Asked Questions Continue #2 Pick up your attendance folder; quickly and calmly move the class to the closest exit. The evacuation site for parents to pick up kids for this department is the back of the south parking lot. While watching for car and fire truck traffic, guide your class to the back of the south parking. On arrival at the location, take roll and report any missing children to the staff person on duty at that station. Release the children only to authorized PARENTS OR GUARDIANS who have checked their child’s name in your attendance folder. What should I do with my class if the fire alarm goes off?

82 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Frequently Asked Questions Continue #3 What should I do with my class if the fire alarm goes off after they have been dismissed? Take any class members who remain in your room, along with any children you come across in the hall, and quickly and calmly move to the closest exit. While watching for car and fire truck traffic, guide your group to the back of the south parking lot. Release the children only to authorized ADULTS.

83 Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Frequently Asked Questions Continue #4 What should I do if a child/youth gets injured in class? Use the first aid kit located in the closet or cabinet of each room. If for some reason you cannot locate what you need, bring the child to the Ministry Office so that one of the staff can help you take care of the child/youth. If the injury is more serious than a scrape or bruise, contact any staff member; he/she will determine and initiate an appropriate medical response. If requested, fill out an incident report and turn it in to the Ministry Office.

84 Congratulations! Close your browser when finished with the tutorial. Main Menu You have finished the Volunteer Tutorial. Please print and sign the Protection Policy Promise.

85 Protection Policy Promise I have read, understand and promise to follow and obey the Christ Church of Oak Brook Protection Policy. I promise to report immediately any deviations (whether personally observed or heard about) from the Protection Policy to the Director/Pastor of my ministry area, the Senior Pastor or any member of the Executive Team. Signature __________________________________________________________ Date ______________________________________________________________ Printed name _______________________________________________________ Ministry Area _______________________________________________________ Director/Pastor of ministry area (witness) __________________________________________________________________ It is the responsibility of the Executive Director of Ministry Services (in coordination with the directors/pastors of each ministry area) to ensure: 1)that all paid staff and volunteers are aware of the Protection Policy and have signed the above pledge, 2)that each September and January the Elders of Christ Church of Oak Brook approve all new volunteers in the MOPS, Early Childhood, Children’s and Student Ministries, and; 3)that the staff of the Music Conservatory, Pre-school, Early Childhood, Children’s and Student Ministries cooperate and meet with representatives of the Protection Policy Audit team [typically in September, January and May] to celebrate and pray for their ministries and to consider any challenges or questions there may be about the content or implementation of the Protection Policies. Mail or deliver this form to: Director/Pastor of Ministry Christ Church of Oak Brook 501 Oak Brook Road Oak Brook, IL 60523


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