Caring Well

Help your church be safe for survivors and safe from abuse

The Caring Well Challenge provides churches with a clear pathway to immediately enhance their efforts to prevent abuse and care for abuse survivors. Will your church join congregations from around the country by committing to the challenge over the next year as an important next step in addressing the abuse crisis?

Volunteer Screening

There are many sources available for screening potential volunteers and employees in your church. A criminal background check that includes a search of the National Sexual Abuse database has become a standard of care for applicants desiring to work with children and other vulnerable groups.

As a part of your screening, also include:
• A written application
• Reference checks
• Face-to-face interview

Companies specializing in background checks:
Protect My Ministry
Choice Screening

Child Protection in a Ministry Environment
-Available from Brotherhood Mutual
- Download Here

Reporting Abuse

If you are/have been a victim of sexual abuse or suspect sexual abuse by a pastor, staff member or member of a Southern Baptist church or entity, please reach out for help at 202-864-5578 or All calls are confidential.


Prevention Tools

Download "Ten Things to Know about Abuse in the Church.

Available here.

(Godly Response to Abuse in Christian Environments)

• Organizational assessments
• Online training
• Policy review
• Independent investigations

• Research and stats
• Online training

• Awareness training
• Legal consultation
• Background checks