Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Child Safeguarding Policy for Churches and Ministries {a book review}

About the book

Churches have always sought to be a safe haven for children and families, but many today are dealing with the tragic reality of child sexual abuse.

This handbook, authored and edited by a multidisciplinary team of child abuse experts, is designed for use by a group that will be formulating policies and procedures to protect children and deal with possible child abuse in their ministry, school, and/or church. Working through this book will assist churches and ministries to assess their current child abuse polices and then guide them through each step they need to take to address the safety of children under their care. It will cover vitally important topics including:

*Protecting the children in a Christian environment from child abuse
*The warning signs of child abuse
*Crafting and implement a child protection policy
*Responding to abuse allegations
*Caring for victims of child abuse
*The legal implications and requirements for churches and Christian ministries

Written by a GRACE team with multi-disciplinary knowledge, headed by Boz Tchividjian, a lawyer and former child abuse prosecutor, this handbook will be an invaluable resource to Christians who are seeking to educate themselves and others about child abuse and how to best protect the little ones under their care.

What I thought about the book

From the moment I discovered I was expecting my firstborn, I knew that my main responsibility was to do whatever I had to, to protect my children. I haven't done that perfectly, but I've done my best.

The Child Safeguarding Policy is a useful resource for churches to fulfill their duty to protect children within their congregations. I highly recommend it.

About the author

(Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) is a nonprofit organization made up of highly trained, experienced multidisciplinary professionals who seek to educate and empower the Christian community to identify, confront, and respond to the sin of child abuse.

More about the authors:

Basyle (Boz) Tchividjian is a former child-abuse prosecutor who currently teaches “Child Abuse and the Law” and several other courses at Liberty University School of Law. Professor Tchividjian is also the founder and executive director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment). The third eldest grandchild of Reverend Billy Graham, he wrote the book Invitation: Billy Graham and the Lives God Touched.

Shira M. Berkovits is founder and CEO of Sacred Spaces, a cross-denominational initiative to create systemic solutions to abuse in communal institutions. In this capacity she has worked with faith communities around the world to develop policies and training to prevent and respond to institutional abuse. She is a psychologist and attorney, and has completed postdoctoral fellowships in child trauma and rehabilitative alternatives to incarceration. Prior to founding Sacred Spaces, Dr. Berkovits worked on issues of youth advocacy, child protection, and criminal justice reform.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

Disclosure: I received a free review copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity in order to give you my honest opinion.

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