Guardian System

Guardian System: Sexual & Physical Abuse Program

Purpose:
The purpose of this program is to demonstrate our unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all our children, students, and adults. We are continually in the process of implementing safety measures in the selection and recruitment of workers, including (1) background checks as appropriate, (2) prudent operational procedures in all programs and events, (3) training of all who work with children and students regarding the application of appropriate policies and methods, and (4) clearly defined procedures for reporting a suspected incident of abuse that conforms to the requirements of state law. Our policy consists of four elements: Worker Selection, Worker Supervision, Reporting Obligations, and Responding to Allegations.

Worker Selection:
All children's and student ministries employees and volunteers complete a detailed application with waivers permitting reference and/or background checks and are personally interviewed by the appropriate supervisor. Adults who have been convicted of either child sexual or physical abuse are not permitted to work in any church-sponsored activity or program for children and students. All survivors of childhood sexual or physical abuse are interviewed by a pastoral staff minister and granted permission before being allowed to work with children and students in church-sponsored activities and programs. A potential employee or volunteer who has had a history of drug and/or alcohol abuse is interviewed by a pastoral staff minister and granted permission before being allowed to work with children and students in church-sponsored activities and programs. A potential employee or volunteer who has recently lost a family member through death or divorce may be asked to wait at least six months before working with children and students in church-sponsored activities and programs.

Worker Supervision:
All children's and student ministries employees and volunteers complete an initial training that includes review of Northglenn Christian Church's policies and procedures regarding how to recognize and report suspected sexual and physical abuse of children, students, and adults. The "two adult" rule requiring that an individual adult is never to be alone with one or more children and students while working in a church-sponsored activity or program is enforced; there must always be at least two adults working together with children and students. Adult chaperones for overnight events with children and students are approved in advance.

Reporting Obligations:
In the case of suspected sexual or physical abuse, the primary concern is for the potential victim and his or her safety and well-being. All reporting of suspected or alleged abuse is considered serious until proven otherwise. Confidentiality is maintained. Suspected or alleged sexual or physical abuse of children and students is to be reported immediately to the children's minister, student minister, or another pastoral staff minister. It is the responsibility of the pastoral staff minister to whom the report is made to carry out reporting requirements in accordance with the laws of the State of Colorado. Every aspect of a suspected incident of sexual or physical abuse of a child or student is put in writing. State law protects employees and volunteers from personal liability when they report suspected or alleged abuse in good faith.

Responding to Allegations:
Northglenn Christian Church takes allegations of sexual and physical abuse seriously. State law mandates that all reasonably credible reports of suspected or alleged sexual or physical abuse of children and students be turned over to proper authorities. Northglenn Christian Church fully intends to comply with this law.