Introduction

Welcome to the St. John’s Safe Sanctuary Training.

It is so important that we protect not only the children and youth in our care, but you as a volunteer and the church as a whole.

By taking the time to review this information, you will not need to come to the 90 minute training session at St. Johns.

Please contact David Bigam if you have any questions at dbigam@gmail.com or at the church office (215-357-6998 X 305).


HERE ARE SOME ALARMING STATISTICS:

In Pennsylvania in 2016:

There were 24,4359 reports of suspected abuse

4,597 of these cases were substantiated (10.3%)

1.5% were Serious Mental Injury

7.5% were Reasonable likelihood of bodily injury

8.3% were Serious Physical Neglect

29.6% were Physical Injuries

47.5% were Sexual Abuse


The Perpetrators:

50%  were Parents  

30% were a Non-Parent Relative

15% were a Non-Relative


Fatalities

46 children died as a result of abuse in 2016 (1 in Bucks County)

PA Department of Public Welfare - Annual Child Abuse Report - 2016


Often abuse occurs in settings where children, youth and vulnerable adults should have been able to feel safe – homes, school, camps, and most sadly, the church.  

In more than three quarters of the substantiated incidents of child abuse, the victim was related to or acquainted with the abuser.

The purpose of this policy is to protect all of the children that come to us, to protect both our paid and volunteer staff from potential false allegations of abuse and to limit the extent of legal liability of the local church.


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