Sexual Abuse Policy Guide

Confronting Abuse: Making Church Safe
An in-person event coming to Windham, Ohio on March 4. This informative conference can help your church discover, understand, and formulate policies that will help protect your congregation. This event is great for pastors, staff, and church leaders who want to be more thoroughly informed about the issues churches are facing today on the topic of church and sexual abuse.

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Policy Guide Purpose & Objectives

The purpose of the Sexual Abuse Policy Guide (SAPG) is to fulfill the assignment charged to the SCBO Sexual Abuse Task Force by the Mission Council of the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio on November 9, 2021:

“…for the purpose of reviewing all policies and procedures of the SCBO and recommending best practices to strengthen and support the prevention, awareness, and reporting of sexual abuse."

This SAPG has two main objectives it endeavors to fulfill:

  1. The SAPG serves as a policy by which all SCBO staff and volunteers are engaged and held accountable.  
  2. The SAPG serves as a resource for churches in actions such as: engaging workers, safety practices, reporting abuse, caring for victims, and training staff.

This SAPG has been reviewed by legal counsel and was written with considerations from GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment) and The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide for Churches and Ministries.