Here are some very sad stats that effect so many kids and their families. If you are leading a ministry to kids and their families can you justify any longer not having a Policy and Procedure manual that will also cover some of these harder type topics?
Potential topics could include:
– Proper touch, hugs, sitting on laps etc.
– Rules on ratios and no one alone with kids
– Bathroom breaks and how they are handled
– Transportation and it should be handled
– Home visitations or guidelines for going to kids school events
– Social networking, emailing, writing cards etc to kids
Here you go, check these scary stats out and then see if you think of other vital policies to come up with to protect your church, the families in your ministries and your volunteers.
– One in five U.S. teenagers who regularly log on to the Internet say they have received an unwanted sexual solicitation via the web. Solicitations were defined as requests to engage in sexual activities or sexual talk, or to give personal sexual information. (Crimes Against Children Research Center)
– 75% of children are willing to share personal information online about themselves and their family in exchange for goods and services. (eMarketer)
– Only approximately 25% of children who encountered a sexual approach or solicitation told a parent or adult. (Crimes Against Children Research Center)
– One in 33 youth received an aggressive sexual solicitation in the past year. This means a predator asked a young person to meet somewhere, called a young person on the phone, and/or sent the young person correspondence, money, or gifts through the U.S. Postal Service. (Your Internet Safety Survey)
– “There are 400,000 registered sex offenders in the United States, and an estimated 100,000 of them are missing. They’re supposed to be registered, but we don’t know where they are and we don’t know where they are living. (Ernie Allen, President of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
– 1 in 5 violent offenders serving time in a state prison reported having victimized a child. (BJS Survey of State Prison Inmates, 1991.)
– Convicted rapists report that two-thirds of their victims were under 18 and 58% of those said their victims were age 12 or under. (SexOffender.com)
– 90% of the rapes of children under 12 years old, the offender knew the victim. (SexOffender.com)