Safe Haven Policy

People were bringing little children to [Jesus] in order that he might touch them. . . .  And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them (Mark 10:13a, 16)

Anyone planning to serve in Knox's Youth or Children's Ministries must complete the Knox Safe Haven Policy. If you do not already comply, read the Knox Safe Haven Policy (SHP), sign the Policy's Covenant Statement, complete a Volunteer Application form and attend a SHP training session.

Current Safe Haven Policy

You can pick up a copy of the Knox SHP HERE or from the sign-up tables or church office. Before attending a training session, read the policy and bring it with you to the session.

The SHP Training Sessions run approximately 30 minutes. If you need training contact the director for the program that is of interest to you.

If you are able to drive for a youth function, a Driver Information Form must be completed and returned along with a copy of your valid drivers license and a copy of your insurance card.

Safe Haven Risk Management includes two levels:

  1. A screening process to assure that all persons working with children and/or vulnerable adults can provide a healthy and safe environment and can provide a God-caring relationship.

  2. A training component that equips all staff and volunteers with skills that will help us be sensitive and alert to abusive situations and a loving response.

By screening and training we witness to our care for children and vulnerable adults and the message, "We value Everyone."

We believe as Christians we are called to be good stewards of the gifts God gives us, which include the most vulnerable among us and those who teach and nurture them.

We trust you to support this effort to demonstrate our love and care for each other.

Why do we have this Safe Haven policy?

God embraces children with love, placing their nurture and care in our hands. We remember that Jesus wrapped small children in the loving arms of his embrace, and we do the same.

Christian community includes physical touching—the holding of hands in prayer, an embrace at the exchange of the Peace, even the kiss of peace among friends.

The Church and the congregation should know the difference between healthy touching and the abuse or exploitation of children. The church must carefully select and supervise persons who work with children on behalf of the Church.

To this end, Knox Presbyterian Church (the "Church") prepared this Safe Haven policy. The policy applies to all Church-related activities that involve minors. The policy should help educate staff and volunteers about their role in abuse and injury prevention, provide general procedures that reduce these risks, and implement a method of effective response if an incident should occur. Changes to this policy can be made at anytime.

To whom do these policies apply?

These policies apply to staff and volunteers serving in the Church's youth or children's ministries and preschool programs. They are distributed to all staff and volunteers.

  • A Background Check Is Required

  • Anyone Who Wishes To Volunteer before six months of participation in the congregation will work as part of a team.

  • No One Working With Children/Youth should place himself/herself in a compromising situation by being alone with a child/children out-of–sight of the staff, teachers, or parents.

  • Parent/Parents will be notified if a pre-school child or a child in the nursery needs assistance in using the bathroom. If a parent is unavailable, such as during Vacation Bible School, two volunteers will assist the child so that the child is never alone with just one person.

  • Everyone involved with children, youth, the vulnerable, their families and caregivers, and employees/volunteers are responsible for making sure that the church’s Safe Haven.

  • Policies are understood and followed.

  • Our various family ministries include Sunday School, Confirmation, Nursery, and Youth Ministry.

  • When your child participates in any activity sponsored by Knox, you can be assured that every effort is made to ensure their safety. Parents are always welcome to come and participate with their children. Rest assured that you can find a church as a safe haven here in Loveland at King of Glory.

FAQ

Q - I'm a teacher, do I have to take the training since I have had training at my school?

Q - I volunteer with Boy Scouts (Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts etc.) they have a Safe Haven training. Do I still need to take yours?

Q - I work with _______ and have had extensive training do I still need to take your training?

A - The answer to all questions is always yes. The training only lasts for 30 minutes and is good for 3 years.

When you do the training be sure to....

  • Fill out forms completely
  • Over 18 include your SSN, we can't process without it
  • Be sure to sign in so we have a record that you were there
  • Be sure to include to middle name or initial

The next classes are:

  • TDD

Sessions run for approximately 30 minutes