The children in your church are precious. They deserve to feel safe and secure. Parents expect nothing less when they entrust their children to the care of ministry leaders and volunteers.
Yet, child sexual abuse allegations continue to be the #1 reason churches end up in court. The good news is you can decrease the likelihood of a child being harmed or your church facing costly allegations when you implement the Reducing the Risk awareness program.
Created by noted legal expert Richard Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA, this established program, used by thousands of churches, includes everything youneed to train pastors, staff members, and volunteer leaders every year withconfidence and ease.
Video and training resources walk participants through an effective screeningand selection process, common supervision scenarios that require thoughtfuldecisions, and insights on best practices that can most effectively reduce vulnerabilities.
Conveniently delivered to you on DVD, the Reducing the Risk training program includes:
Training Video Summaries
Video #1: Child Protection as the Foundation of Your Ministry Children's ministry director David Staal introduceschurches to the problem of child sexual abuse in the church. This segment gets people invested in solving this safety issue by engaging them, heart and mind. It should be the first presentation that you view and show.
Video #2: A Victim's Story This segment presents the true story of a victim of clergy abuse. It should help sensitize leaders to the humancost of sexual abuse in ministry settings.
Video #3: Sexual Abuse in Faith Communities—An ExpertRoundtable This presentation features five experts who deal with different aspects of sexual abuse in the church, ranging from a psychologist whohelped create his church's child protection program to an insurance claims manager who understands the legal impact of sexual abuse allegations. By sittingin on this group's discussion, viewers gain insight into the issues surrounding childsexual abuse in ministries today.Video #4: Screening & Selection: Your First Line of Defense Richard Hammar, noted church attorney and CPA, and one of the creators of Reducing the Risk, presents a powerful teaching session on the importance of properscreening and selection of staff and volunteers. This segment provides a five-step plan for reducing liability.
Video #5: Screening & Selection: The Candidate (a short film) This segment creatively teaches leaders how to interview a candidate, conduct a background check, and check references. Participants will see and hear what the screening and selection process should look like.
Video #6: Legal Requirements: The Church's Responsibility to Protect Kids (with Richard Hammar) Viewers receive more training by the most trusted name in church law—Richard Hammar. In this segment, he explains legal requirements for protecting children in your ministry, plus practical tips on how your ministry can meet the "reasonable standard of care."
Video #7: Supervising Scenarios: What Would You Do? This fast-paced, interactive segment teaches principles of good supervision. It helps children and youth volunteers think through common scenarios of supervision.
Video #8: Responding to an Allegation What would your church do if it were faced with an allegation of child sexual abuse? This video depicts the story of how one church handled this situation. Experts add insights to this first-person story.
Video #9: Taking the Next Steps. Spokesperson David Staal wraps up the DVD and offers action steps your church can take to implement or strengthen your child-protection program.