Safe Sanctuaries: Creating a safe space for all to worship
Protecting our children, youth and vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect and harm, protecting our volunteers and staff and safeguarding our resources for mission and ministry.
Sample Policies and Documents
- Discipleship Ministries - link to sample policies and forms including children and youth, camping and retreat, and more
- Sample Policy 1
- Sample Policy 2
- Sample Policy 3
Criminal Background Check Information
- NYAC Criminal Background Check page
- Background check sample form
- Background Check Screening Info
- Teen Volunteer Form
Abuse Reporting Information
Ministry with Sex Offenders
Information for when a sex offender seeks to join a local church.
This is a link to a file containing a list of resources, including Joy Melton's books, available to be borrowed from The Learning Center. It includes a brief description of each item. These items can be requested from here while the Conference Center is being remodeled.
Safe Sanctuaries Video Series from Discipleship Ministries
This series has been created by Discipleship Ministries to help local churches, districts and annual conferences create policies and training for staff and volunteers. There are ten videos which last anywhere from 5 minutes to no more than 13 minutes in length. They are available from Discipleship Ministries Safe Sanctuaries (check the box for training videos) or on You Tube .
Video topics include: Best Practices; Background Checks; Policies, Guidelines, Procedures; Healthy Social Media Guidelines; Protecting Vulnerable Adults; Mandatory Reporting; Offsite Considerations; Living Into the Covenant; Registered Sex Offenders; Training Leaders.
NYAC Safe Sanctuaries Workshops
Writing a Safe Sanctuaries Policy
This workshop is designed for churches who do not have a written Safe Sanctuaries policy or who need to edit and revise their current policy. The workshop will help the church understand the importance of having a policy, understand what should be included in the policy, getting the policy approved and more.
Safe Sanctuaries Train-the-Trainer Workshop
This workshop is directed towards the person(s) responsible for training a church's staff and volunteers in the church's Safe Sanctuaries policy. Topics covered will include reviewing and editing the policy, cybersafety, vulnerable adults. You will leave with tools to help you facilitate training at your church.
NYAC Regional Safe Sanctuaries Consultants
The NYAC has Safe Sanctuaries consultants available to help. See contact information below.
Rev. Arturo Maine, Hauppauge, NY 11788 firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Mecca, Saugerties, NY 12477 Debmecca1@aol.com
Cassandra Negri, Newburgh NY, 12250 email@example.com