Safe Sanctuaries


IGRC Abuse Prevention Policy for Conference/District Events (Note: This policy was approved by the 2015 session of Annual Conference. It is posted here for ease of reference.)

IGRC Policy Statement on Sexual Misconduct (Note: Safe Sanctuaries policies and sexual misconduct policies are NOT the same thing - and local churches need both. This conference policy was approved by the 2014 session of Annual Conference.)

Safe Gatherings (online training and background checks)

Sample policies and documents at the Discipleship Ministries website

Downloadable brochures: Reporting Elder Abuse    Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program     Reporting Child Abuse             Para Informar Acerca del Abuso de Niños      Reporte el Abuso de Ancianos       Defensor del Cuidado a Largo Plazo        CDC Brochure on Policies and Procedures    Handout on Elder Abuse

Downloadable resources from Discipleship Ministries: Responsible Social Media for Churches and Youth Groups              Special Events and Traveling with Youth: Abuse Prevention Strategies

DCFS Regional and Field Office Directory           Area Agencies on Aging (look for your county)

HIPAA Privacy Rule and Local Churches (a 2004 statement from GCFA)

Sex Offender Information (from IGRC Standing Rules)

Helping to Make a Safe Church (a three-session study to help congregations reflect on the reality of gun violence and begin the process of developing an emergency operations plan)

Guide for Developing High Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship

Safe Sanctuaries books (Each book cover below is a link to Cokesbury or the Upper Room's website, where the books may be purchased.) Most of the books are available as ebooks and for Kindle as well as in print.

  • Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth includes a sample policy, information on recommended procedures, and many other helpful resources

   Safe Sanctuaries Older Adults   Safe Sanctuaries Virtual World   Santuarios Seguros   Safe Sanctuaries for Ministers

Safe Sanctuaries materials, including a training DVD, may also be borrowed from the United Media Resource Center.

For further information or to schedule training for your congregation, please contact Rev. Beth Fender via email or at 217-529-2611.