Safe Sanctuaries is the movement and initiative to fulfill this call upon us – to make our Mission a safe place for Youth and Adults. The Appalachian Service Project operates under Safe Sanctuaries guidelines for our volunteer program. Thus, in covenant with ASP and the United Methodist Church, FOA adopts this policy for the prevention of child abuse and our unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth of all our Youth and Adults.
FOA will follow reasonable safety measures in the selection and recruitment of volunteers; we will implement prudent operational procedures in all programs and events; we will educate all of those who work with the Youth regarding the use of all appropriate policies and methods; we will have a clearly defined procedure for reporting a suspected incident of abuse that conforms to the will have a clearly defined procedure for reporting a suspected incident of abuse that conforms to the requirements of state law.
All adults (19 years and older) must have undergone a thorough criminal background check, done by FOA. No adult will be allowed to participate without a background check. ASP does the same on all its employees and volunteers.
Adults (19 years and older) and Youth will have separate showering times, per the guidelines and direction of ASP staff.
In each sleeping area, there must be at least 2 Adults (19 years or older) of the same gender as the Youth. These Adults will sleep in a separate corner from the Youth, if possible.
Adults (21 years and older) during any and all transportation, are to be in the front seat of the vehicles with all Youth (20 years and younger) to be in the back of the vehicles. Adults over the age of 25 will be the drivers. The Co-Pilots who are 21 but not yet 25 are to be the support system to the Driver only.
This policy sets forth the requirements in the areas of;1) Screening,2) Supervision,3) Reporting,4) Response Plan, and5) Protection and Integration of Known Sexual Offenders
Friends of Appalachia Inc. and the Appalachian Service Project do not condone or tolerate sexual harassment in any form.
Types of Abuse:• Physical abuse ‐ Deliberate intentional bodily harm• Emotional abuse – Spoken or unspoken emotional cruelty or violence• Neglect – endangerment of health, safety, welfare through negligence• Sexual – sexual contact without consent (there is no possible consent between a minor and an adult)• Ritual abuse – physical, sexual, or psychological violation of a child inflicted regularly, intentionally, and in a stylized way.• Spiritual abuse/neglect (older adult) – failure of church to provide spiritual nurture to those homebound/in nursingcare.• Financial abuse/exploitation (older adult) – illegal and improper use of funds, property, and assets.
Reporting & Plan of Response to an allegation of abuse: FOA is committed to a safe environment for its youth and adults. To honor that commitment FOA shall abide by the following process of faithfully reporting and responding to an alleged abuse, cooperating fully with investigative and law enforcement agencies. FOA's policy is staff and volunteers must report suspected child abuse to any Board Member (President, Vice President or any Board Member) and the Center Leader. Mandated Reporter: A person who is mandated by law to report child abuse because of their position with an organization that cares for children. These persons include child-care custodians and clergy members. Confidentiality does not apply to cases of abuse of a child or youth. All adults over 18 involved with FOA and all ASP Volunteers and workers are mandatory reporters.
Anyone who suspects there has been an incident of child and/or youth abuse or neglect of a youth shall comply with all State law reporting requirements through the following procedure:1. A timely report to the President, Vice President or Board Member of FOA by someone with firsthand knowledge of the nature of the report. This initial report will be kept confidential. 2. The President of FOA will, or any Mandated Reporter can, report the incident to the Connecticut State Department of Children and Families or to the local police. This notification will be made within 24-48 hours of the initial report. Confidentiality does not apply to these reports. 3. The first priority in all suspected Youth abuse or neglect cases shall be the Youth or Vulnerable Person. 4. No individual shall make any statement to any member of the press or any media outlet. Any statement will be issued by the FOA’s attorney or their representative, only.
Safety Procedures:Adults will follow these safety procedures with all Youth:~Have two Adults (19 or older) present when caring for Youth~Maintain high visibility by keeping windows uncovered and doors open.~Know where to find first aid supplies. ~Give parents advance notice concerning the activities and whereabouts of the group.~All workers and volunteers who have responsibility for Youth have been screened and approved according to Friends of Appalachia's Safe Sanctuaries policy.
Violations:The following acts are violations of the Policy and will not be tolerated or accepted during any activity or program and are to be immediately reported to the President, Vice-President or FOA board member:~any direct observations or evidence of sexual activity ~any display or demonstration of sexual activity, abuse, insinuation of abuse, or evidence of abusive conduct~sexual advances or sexual activity of any kind~infliction of physical abusive behavior or bodily injury~physical neglect, including failure to provide adequate supervision in relation to the activities~mental or emotional injury~the presence or possession of obscene or pornographic materials~the presence,, possession or consumption of alcohol or any illegal or illicit drugs while leading or participating in a FOA activity~a person of the opposite sex may not enter at any time the bedroom areas of the opposite sex, this includes a family member.
--Adopted by the Administrative Board of Directors Friends of Appalachia Inc. on October 30th, 2017
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