You will find on this page summary information on children and youth safety practices in our Religious Education Program.
Highlights of Our Children and Youth Safety Initiatives
It is the responsibility of the entire congregation, in partnership with staff and parents, to create and maintain a safe environment that supports the growth and welfare of children and youth in our church programs. The safety of our children in our care is of utmost importance.
Training & Education. We annually train our teaching volunteers regarding physical and child abuse safety.
There must be at least one caregiver for every four toddlers in the Nursery. Parents will be asked to volunteer to stay in the nursery to meet this ratio if needed.
At least two adults, including nursery care workers, are required to be present in each classroom on Sunday mornings and during any church-related activity involving children or youth when not under the parent's supervision.
Parenting-adults must sign children in and out of our Nursery.
Parenting-adults of PreK-K children must have a signed form on file if they authorize someone other than themselves to pick up their child.
Parents of nursery through third grade are required to promptly pick up their child at the end of Sunday service.
Parenting-adult permission slips are required anytime children or youth leave church property for a church-sponsored event at another location.
Reporting. We established a “Safety Team” that is charged with responding to Sexual Misconduct and Abuse. The First Unitarian Church Safety Team is comprised of the Minister, LRED, and three additional members appointed by the LRED. These additional members are qualified by their professional or volunteer experience in working with children and/or child abuse issues or through other special training.
Safety Team contact information: Rev David Herndon LRED Erica Shadowsong Person 1 Person 2 Person 3
For complete information, please refer to our Safe Congregation Policy and Procedures
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