This guest post was written by the Protect My Ministry Team.
Ministries for children and youth give young people a hopeful, uplifting message of God’s love for each of us – but leaders of these ministries must never forget the threats and dangers that exist in our world.
Almost daily we are confronted with what seems to be an epidemic of child abuse in this country and throughout the world. Kids are at risk, even in our church ministries, and safeguarding children must be a priority.
Protect My Ministry is passionate about helping churches make a commitment to safety. It’s why we exist – to keep ministries and kids safe.
At the heart of our mission is church background screening. We’re determined and meticulous because the results matter. Rigorous background screening puts up a safeguard at the “doorway” of any ministry that can ward off sexual predators before they even infiltrate an organization.
We serve over 35,000 ministries in all 50 states, providing each one a tailored, personalized approach that reflects the care and love ministries offer to children. Churches turn to us for the most thorough screening solutions and the most comprehensive safety programs possible – because kids deserve the best protection we can give them.
Our comprehensive screening solutions – with Social Security Number Verification, National Criminal Search and Sex Offender Registries search, as well as paperless screening forms and screening management to simplify the process – offer peace of mind to ministries and parents, and protection for kids, so they can grow spiritually in a safe environment.
Child Safety Training
Background checks are the preeminent resource to protect our youngsters, but they are not the only tool ministries have at their disposal. Protect My Ministry is a staunch advocate for child safety training for abuse prevention – an effective tool that empowers ministry members to take an active role in the protection of children.
To guard against predators who slip through the background screening system, proper training of volunteers and staff is essential. Our online Child Safety Course helps ministry teams better recognize the signs of child sexual abuse and the characteristics of perpetrators.
With less than 40% of child victims disclosing they’ve been sexually abused, this training must be taken seriously by adults so kids will have advocates looking out for their safety and well-being.
If you’d like to learn more about Protect My Ministry, visit our website.