Scripture

Kids Ministry

Safe Ministry

Indicators

 

  • One off indicators (inappropriate clothing, withdrawal, outburst of anger, an injury etc.) are rarely sufficient to establish abuse or risk of abuse, though should be noted.
  • Observations of a number of indicators over a period of time can be grounds for suspecting abuse and action needs to be taken.
  • Observations should be discussed with the Kids Ministry Director.
  • If a number of indicators are noticed a record should be compiled (complete with date, time, location and what was observed or heard) and be kept in a secure place (lockable filing cabinet or password-protected computer).
  • A joint report by the Leader (who has made the observation) and the Kids Ministry Director (could also include the appropriate Campus Minister) is made as soon as possible when either a number of indicators have been noted or abuse has been disclosed.

What To Do When A Child Discloses

 

  • Remain calm.
  • Don’t dismiss what they’ve just told you.
  • Convey that you’ve heard them.
  • Don’t promise them that you’ll not to tell anyone.
  • Don’t reflect back what they’ve said or ask leading questions (that suggest an answer).
  • Don’t touch them.
  • Remember you’re not the police or an investigator your job is to report what they said. 
  • Once the child has disclosed abuse, don’t encourage them to continue to talk to you about it.
  • As soon as possible write down everything (complete with date, time, location and what was observed or heard) and keep it in a secure place (lockable filing cabinet or password-protected computer).
  • Notify the appropriate authorities as soon as possible.
  • Don’t promise the abuse will stop.
  • Reassure the child of your support.
  • Don’t tell the child’s care givers/parents.
  • Don’t discuss it with anyone other than those who need to know (e.g. the Kids Ministry Director, Lead Pastor, Anglican Church Professional Standards Unit, police, FACS).