SAFE CHURCH COVENANT STATEMENT
While working as part of a Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church (SVPC) ministry, I agree to provide a safe and supportive environment for all persons who come together in this place. I will do everything within my power to minimize the possibilities of any kind of personal abuse and ensure the safety of those in my care.
Therefore, in all of my church relationships I will seek to:
• Treat all children, youth, and adults with respect and consideration.
• Respect everyone’s rights to decline being touched in ways that make them feel uncomfortable.
• Maintain an attitude of respect, patience, courtesy, appropriate language, and maturity as a positive role model for children and youth.
In situations in which I relate with children and youth, I will seek to:
o Use positive techniques of guidance, such as redirection, positive reinforcement and encouragement rather than competition, comparison, and criticism.
o Have age-appropriate expectations and establish an environment that minimizes the need for discipline.
o Refrain from any behavior that could be considered abusive.
o Be sure the children and youth for whom I am responsible are always well supervised during church activities.
o Not use, possess or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs during the times I am working with children and youth.
o Attend training sessions or forums offered by SVPC dealing with abuse prevention, Safe Church policies and procedures, and appropriate boundaries.
I understand that abiding by these promises and policy guidelines is important and necessary to my participation with children and youth as part of SVPC’s programs. If I fail to abide by them, I realize that I may be reassigned or relieved from my church-related duties at the full discretion of church leadership.
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