The links listed below are to external websites, books, and documents that address a number of security issues related to sexual abuse.
This page contains links, books and documents that are not affiliated with the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention. The ASBC is not responsible for the content, advertising, products or other materials made available on or through any Linked Site. They are for your convenience only, and you access them at your own risk.
What does it mean to do “due diligence” in hiring staff or recruiting volunteers? A blog post by John Litzler, from Church Law.
The following are videos produced for arizona.e-quip.net, and include valuable information for churches.
Becoming a Church that Cares Well for Abuse
A curriculum designed to equip the church on how to respond well to the initial report of abuse. The curriculum will be available June 2019. You can go to the website Churchcares.com and subscribe so you will be notified when the curriculum is released.
Brotherhood Mutual Insurance Company
Brotherhood Mutual Brotherhood Mutual provides insurance exclusively to churches and related ministries. From their website, you can access Safety Central, which provides tools and resources, including sample safety policies.
Plan To Protect
Plan to Protect offers risk audits, customized policies and procedures, certification training, criminal record checks and more.
Protect My Ministry
Protect My Ministry is an employment and volunteer background screening company established to assist faith-based organizations in implementing and maintaining a thorough background screening process. The International Mission Board has recently developed a new child-protection policy, and has chosen Protect My Ministry as the exclusive provider for background screening. This policy will affect the 30,000+ volunteers who go on mission trips with them every year, but they also wanted to make their program available to churches connected with them. To find out about the special pricing, go to: www.protectmyministry.com/imb
Secure Search offers background checks for employers, faith-based organizations, and schools. They also offer child sexual abuse awareness and safety training.
Trak-1 is an employment screening service, and helps corporate organizations with pre-employment and volunteer background screening.
Employment Screening Services
Reducing the Risk
This website is geared toward the church staff and congregation. It offers resource kits and training resources, as well as online seminars.
Faith Trust Institute
FaithTrust Institute is an international, multifaith organization working to end sexual and domestic violence. The institute offers a number of services and resources, including training, consultation and educational materials.
Abuse Reporting Laws
Text of Arizona Statute 13-3620, Abuse Reporting Law for Ministers and Lay Church Workers.
United States Department of Justice
“This Web site is provided as a public service by the U.S. Department of Justice (“the Department”). Using this Web site, interested members of the public have access to and may search participating state Web site public information regarding the presence or location of offenders, who, in most cases, have been convicted of sexually-violent offenses against adults and children and certain sexual contact and other crimes against victims who are minors. The public can use this Web site to educate themselves about the possible presence of such offenders in their local communities.”
Risk in Child Protection: Assessment Challenges and Frameworks for Practice
By Martin C. Calder. Copyright 2015. Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Available from Amazon.com
Ministerial Ethics: Moral Formation for Church Leaders
By Joe E. Trull and James E. Carter. Copyright 2004. Published by Baker Academic, PO Box 6287, Grand Rapids, MI 49516-6287. www.bakeracademic.com. Also available from Amazon.com
Ethical Dilemmas in Church Leadership
By Michael R. Milco. Copyright 1997. Published by Kregel Publications, PO Box 2607, Grand Rapids, MI 49501. Available from Amazon.com
Preventing Child Abuse: A Guide for Churches
By Beth Swagman. Published by Faith Alive Christian Resources (December 1, 1997). Available from Amazon.com
10 Steps to Prevent Child Abuse in the Church By Keith Hamilton, of the Georgia Baptist Convention. Distributed by LifeWay Resources for ministry leaders.
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-Serving Organizations Produced by the Centers for Disease Control, US Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information, contact the Arizona Southern Baptist Convention.