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PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN

PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN
PRESENTER Arthur F. Blinci VP Chief Risk Management Officer MODERATOR David J. Fournier Marketing &

PRESENTER Arthur F. Blinci VP Chief Risk Management Officer

MODERATOR David J. Fournier Marketing & Communication

MODERATOR David J. Fournier Marketing & Communication PRESENTER Dr. William Chunestudy Resource Education

PRESENTER Dr. William Chunestudy Resource Education Specialist

Every 10 Seconds

Every 10 Seconds

A Child is Abused in North America…

A Child is Abused in North America…

Mission Cri7cal The Mission: Christ-centered programs and ac7vi7es for children and youth q   The

Mission Cri7cal

The Mission: Christ-centered programs and ac7vi7es for children and youth

q The Challenge:

ü Protec7ng children from Harm or Abuse

ü Proper screening of Employees & Volunteers

ü Proper training of all Employees & Volunteers on how to appropriately interact with children and their repor7ng obliga7ons

ü Proper Supervision of all church sponsored programs and ac7vi7es

Are You Prepared?

Are You Prepared?

Shield the Vulnerable FAQs

1. Why is the Church Implemen7ng the Shield the Vulnerable Program? 2. Who provides the STV Program? 3. How will the STV Program Work? 4. What Training will you Receive? 5. How secure is your Personal Data?

  How will the STV Program Work? 4.   What Training will you Receive? 5.  

Adults Know how to Interact appropriately with Children

Adults Know how to Interact appropriately with Children
Adults Know how to Interact appropriately with Children

Safeguarding our Children

Churches are encouraged to adopt policies that would provide a measure of safety and protection for children…

Two-Adult Rule or Never being alone with a child

Open Door Policy to avoid one on one situations

Adult Screening - Background Checks

Six-Month Waiting Period for new volunteers

Training in Child Protection

§

SDA Church Manual (2010) pgs 168 & 169

for new volunteers •   Training in Child Protection ” §   SDA Church Manual (2010)

NAD Policy FB 20 & 25

NAD Policy FB 20 & 25 •   Establishes the prac7ces the Church will use in

Establishes the prac7ces the Church will use in screening and training volunteers who work with children

Provides that screening and training will be done before an individual is allowed to serve

Addresses the challenge of allowing convicted sex-offenders to return to fellowship within the local congrega7on

Volunteer Code of Cond uct

1. Provide appropriate supervision at all 7mes 2. Have at least one other adult present at all 7mes or never be alone with a child at any 7me 3. Ask the child for permission to touch them for any reason 4. Refrain from the use of physical or verbal aZacks of any kind 5. Affirm children only in an appropriate manner 6. Take extra care when taking children to the restroom

7. Take extra care when conduc7ng ac7vi7es in rooms without interior viewing areas 8. Cooperate with the volunteer background screening process 9. Beware of the signs of child abuse and local repor7ng laws and legal requirements 10. Will conduct myself as a loving, kind, firm and professional person at all 7mes 11. Par7cipate in training and volunteer orienta7ons 12. Uphold SDA Standards and Beliefs at all 7mes

Required

ReporGng

Continuous Child Protection Protocols

Required ReporGng Continuous Child Protection Protocols Reference Checking Two Adult Rule Recurrent Three Year
Required ReporGng Continuous Child Protection Protocols Reference Checking Two Adult Rule Recurrent Three Year

Reference

Checking

Two Adult Rule

Protection Protocols Reference Checking Two Adult Rule Recurrent Three Year Cycle Online Training Background
Protection Protocols Reference Checking Two Adult Rule Recurrent Three Year Cycle Online Training Background
Protection Protocols Reference Checking Two Adult Rule Recurrent Three Year Cycle Online Training Background

Recurrent Three Year Cycle

Protocols Reference Checking Two Adult Rule Recurrent Three Year Cycle Online Training Background Screening
Protocols Reference Checking Two Adult Rule Recurrent Three Year Cycle Online Training Background Screening

Online

Training

Background

Screening

Protocols Reference Checking Two Adult Rule Recurrent Three Year Cycle Online Training Background Screening

Shielding the Vulnerable

“ Shielding the Vulnerable ”

Once you complete the course you will receive your certificate of training

Then, you must click on the startbutton to complete your required background check

certificate of training Then, you must click on the “ start ” button to complete your

Shield the Vulnerable FAQs

6. How does a Conference Implement the STV Program? 7. What kind of Training is Given? 8. Who sees the Criminal Background

Informa7on?

9. Who makes the Decision on Eligibility? 10. What does the STV Program Cost?

Criminal Background Informa7on? 9.   Who makes the Decision on Eligibility? 10.   What does the
Implementa7on Plan •   Your Conference Must Register with 1 Shield the Vulnerable •  
Implementa7on Plan
•   Your Conference Must Register with
1
Shield the Vulnerable
•   Selec7on of Local STV Administrators
2
•   Implement and Train Volunteers
3
•   Monitor Local Volunteer Compliance
4

STV Administrator Training

Level 1 Administrator

Conference Office Level

Level 2 & 3 Administrator

– • • •

Local Level Volunteer Coordinators

Administrator Training Received

Type of Informa7on Received

Reports on Compliance

Eligibility Decision-making

Key Issues & QuesGons:

ü Who Determines Eligibility to serve as a Volunteer ü What can Disqualify a person ü What happens if the Conference Disqualifies a person ü How is the person no7fied ü Can the disqualified person appeal

the Conference Disqualifies a person ü   How is the person no7fied ü   Can the

Conference Control

Each Conference makes decision on eligibility criteria no7fies local church §Only the Conference receives the individuals criminal background informaGon § Conference determines Eligibility

§   Individual is Eligible to Serve §
§
  Individual is Eligible to Serve
§

Advisory – Needs further Review or more informaGon before final decision

§   Individual is Ineligible to Serve
§   Individual is Ineligible to Serve
  Advisory – Needs further Review or more informaGon before final decision §   Individual is

Cost of Screening and Training

q $ 4.50 Adult Training Course q $ 7.20 Criminal Background Check

q $11.70 Cost per Adult Volunteer or

Employee

q AddiGonal Training for Adults & Children

q$3.50 per seat Student Training Courses (Op7onal) qAdult training courses available at no addi7onal cost for the first year ajer registra7on in the STV program

Shield the Vulnerable FAQs

11. Can non-US Ci7zens be Screened? 12. Is the STV training available in the Spanish language? 13. What about Other Courses for Children and Adults? 14. How does ARM assist with the STV program implementa7on? 15. Where can I find more Child Protec7on Resources?

  How does ARM assist with the STV program implementa7on? 15.   Where can I find

Non-US CiGzen Background Chec ks

• •

What if the person wishing to Volunteer is not a US Ci7zen, does not have a SSN card or Drivers License?

Does this preclude them from Eligibility?

Spanish Language STV Training

Spanish Language STV Training
OpGonal Classes Adults & Kids

OpGonal Classes Adults & Kids

Resource Tools
Resource Tools

Resource Tools

Resource Tools
Resource Tools

QuesGons…

Arthur F. Blinci Chief Risk Management Officer

Ablinci@adventistrisk.org

Dr. William Chunestudy Resource Education Specialist Shield the Vulnerable Program Liaison

Wchunestudy@adventistrisk.org

The information contained in this presentation is based on general risk management principles and does not constitute

an endorsement by Adventist Risk Management, Inc. of any product(s), service(s) or course of action.

responsibility of the attendee to make their own decision about the reliability and correctness of the information

contained herein. It is advised that all organizations should seek qualified legal counsel

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