I. BACKGROUND PRINCIPLES
West Hills Friends Church has developed this abuse prevention policy because we want everyone to be safe, our teachers to be well-informed and our entire community to be mindful of the responsibility we share. Examples of abuse that this policy is designed to prevent include: (1) physical injury to a child or vulnerable adult which has been caused by other than accidental means; (2) cruelty to a child or vulnerable adult resulting in observable and substantial impairment of the child's or vulnerable adult’s mental or psychological ability to function; and (3) sexual conduct.
This policy applies to everyone with any official responsibility for children (e.g. nursery workers, Sunday school teachers, chaperones on youth retreat), regardless of whether they are paid or volunteer. All those who work with children (age 0-18) and youth (grades 6-12) will receive a copy of this policy.
This policy also applies to everyone with any official responsibility for caring for vulnerable adults, regardless of whether they are paid or volunteer. Vulnerable adults are individuals over 18 years of age who, because of a mental or developmental disability, are substantially impaired in the ability to provide adequately for their own care and custody. Because such conditions are not always apparent, people will only be considered vulnerable adults if they, their parent, or guardian informs a WHF pastor or elder of their condition.
The Children's Program Coordinator, working with the senior pastor and Elders, will review this policy and supporting procedures every June to make sure it still meets the needs of our community and that we are living up to the commitments outlined here.
II. SPECIFIC POLICIES
(A) Screening Requirements for Those Working with Children or Vulnerable Adults:
(C) Observation of Care Providers:
(D) Physical and Verbal Violence:
(E) Using the Restroom: If a child or vulnerable adult needs assistance in the restroom, an adult worker will prop the door open while he or she is inside helping the child or vulnerable adult.
(F) Transportation: In addition to being screened as childcare workers, each driver will be responsible to have a current driver's license and proof of insurance.
(G) Reporting Abuse
(H) Sexual Offender Chaperone Policy: In the event that a registered or known sex offender is attending a local ministry, program, or event, the established sexual offender chaperone policy must be followed.
In the event that a registered or known sex offender is attending West Hills Friends Church, the following steps must be taken to manage risk.