See below for resources for child and youth protection guidelines, background checks, permission and medical release forms, and a copy of the Indiana Conference Abuse Protection Policy.
(As printed in The Indiana Annual Conference – The United Methodist Church: Abuse Protection Policy for Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Adults)
We strongly encourage every church in the Indiana Annual Conference to develop and follow its own Abuse Protection Policy. Such policies protect children and vulnerable individuals as well as the volunteers and staff who serve them. Each church is encouraged to prepare a policy that best fits its congregational setting. A policy and its accompanying implementation procedures should include the following elements:
A copy of the local church policy should be on file in the church and District Office. Administrative bodies of the local church shall be responsible for implementing and monitoring their own policy and accompanying procedures.
To see the full Indiana Conference Policy, click link below:
For Church Mutual insurance resources, click here.
For Safe Sanctuary resources from the General Board of Discipleship, click here.
For a process for developing your policy, we recommend the book Safe Sanctuaries - available from Cokesbury.
The policy of the conference recommends at minimum that background screenings for all volunteers with youth and children include a National Sex Offender Registry screening and a Multi-State Felony Background check. We recommend starting with a conversation with your insurance provider about screening options. See below for the conference connected screening option:
Church Mutual with LexisNexis Screening - For churches using the conference insurance through Church Mutual, you qualify for reduced screening rates through LexisNexis. Click here for more information and to sign up.