Safe Sanctuaries Policy


When the crowd tried to keep the children away from Jesus, he was quick to respond, "Let the children come to me." Jesus taught that children were to be included and provided for within the community of faith. Today, the church may be the only place where some children find the unconditional love and care they so desperately need to grow and thrive. As Christians, we must take our responsibilities to our children very seriously. We fail in our responsibilities if we neglect to take adequate precautions against abuse in our churches. It is unlikely that we can completely prevent child abuse in every situation, but it is possible for us to greatly reduce the risk by following a thorough practical policy of prevention. This policy attempts to do just that for the Conference agencies that deal with children, youth and vulnerable adults. It is based on our understanding of the widespread problem of abuse throughout our country.

Our Pennsylvania Legislators have recently passed a new law changing the requirements
for reporting abuse and requirements for paid staff and volunteers who interact with children and vulnerable adults.  A statement of the requirements will be forth-coming by the end
of November after consultation with our Conference Chancellor.

Please watch for more information.



Changes in Pennsylvania Law Pertaining to Child Abuse with Passage of House Bill No. 435 on October 22, 2014

Downloadable Video

Changes in Pennsylvania Law Pertaining to Child Abuse - PDF File

Safe Sanctuaries Trainings in the Conference

Due to changes within the State Laws
the Susquehanna Conference Safe Sanctuaries Policies are under review.




Screening Procedures


Internet Safety

Responding to and Reporting Abuse

Safe Sanctuaries Resources

Volunteer Application (sample)

Employment Application (sample)