Child Safety Assessment
Under the leadership of the founders of MinistrySafe, the law firm of Love & Norris provides Safety Assessments, Audits and Safety System Implementations for child-serving ministries intent upon providing the safest possible ministry experience for children and youth.
A Safety Assessment of child protection protocols includes the following components:
-Assessment of abuse awareness and prevention training for staff members and volunteers, evaluating training efficacy in arming employees and volunteers with information designed to reduce the risk of child sexual abuse.
-Assessment of screening practices.
-Assessment of effective use of criminal background checks.
-Assessment of policies and procedures, including review of imperative policy topics and evaluation of policy application to actual ministry activities, physical facilities, and specific programming risks.
-Assessment of systems for monitoring and oversight of programs involving children and youth, including administrative practices, internal feedback, responding policies, and systems for reporting an allegation or suspicion of child abuse.
Each component listed above serves as an element of risk management, not a stand-alone safety system.
To complete an assessment, Love and Norris will interview selected administrators and employees, review employment and volunteer forms and applications, and evaluate written policies, procedures, and training curriculums.
Assessment of Training
An effective training plan assists employees and volunteers in understanding ministry policy, and gives staff members the ‘why’ related to the spirit and purpose behind policy. Effective training in ministry contexts addresses risk while mindful of mission.
Assessment of Screening Practices
Effective screening practices can limit the possibility that an applicant with inappropriate sexual motives gains access to children or youth through ministry programs.
Assessment of Policies
Clear policies facilitate safe programming, create standards for employee and volunteer conduct, and identify high-risk activities.
Assessment of Systems for Monitoring and Oversight
Effective oversight of employees and volunteers creates a culture of openness and communication where abuse is less likely to occur, allegations are more easily investigated and reported, and offender characteristics are understood.
At the conclusion of the Assessment, Love & Norris attorneys make recommendations related to child protection standards of care and best practices designed to proactively address the risk of child sexual abuse in ministry contexts.
*Contact Olivia Ake at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Assessments, Audits and System Implementations.