Child Protection Workshops
The protection of vulnerable people is of paramount importance.
The reputation of Christ, His Church, and The Gospel are at stake.
Child protection is one of the top priorities for any church or Christian ministry. Not only is the protection of vulnerable people of paramount importance but the reputation of Christ, His Church, and The Gospel are at stake. Child protection programs are far more complex than many realize, and responding when there have been allegations is even more complex. Child protection protocols should include screening workers, creating a safe environment, and responding to reports of abuse. Is your church doing what it should to protect children and vulnerable people? Do you know the red flags and common mistakes that harm children and get organizations in both short-term and long-term trouble?
Find out by attending this free workshop led by Theresa Sidebotham, attorney at law and expert on abuse prevention.
Theresa Sidebotham advises ministries and churches of all sizes on child safety issues, including investigations of current and historical matters. She speaks regularly on protecting children from sexual assault, specifically in the evangelical church setting. Theresa grew up as a missionary kid and then graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor of Arts in Literature. She and her husband served on the mission field in Sumatra before Theresa went on to graduate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law with her Juris Doctor in 2005. She works with many organizations on child protection issues, and currently does pro bono work for the Child Safety Protection Network Board.
The first 30 people who register at each city event will receive a free copy of On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church by Deepak Reju.
In On Guard, Deepak Reju examines why child predators target churches and offers eleven straightforward strategies to protect children from abuse and to help young victims recover if it does happen. While On Guard does provide practical help for building a child protection policy, it provides much more because the church’s response to abuse must be more comprehensive and in line with her calling than a simple legal policy or clinical analysis. On Guard moves church staff and leaders beyond fearful awareness to prayerful preparedness with an actionable plan.