Reducing the Risk of Abuse and Protecting Youth and Youth Workers in Home Repair Nonprofits


Appalachia Service Project:

Crisis Management (PDF) (summer staff training outline)

Pre-Crisis Initiative Checklist (PDF) (for summer staff)

Common Signs of Social Problems (PDF) (also used for summer staff training)

Youth Program Prep Packet (pages 12 & 13: Safe Sanctuaries Practices & Resources)

Next Step Ministries:

Code of Conduct: Staff Values and Expectations

Reach Mission Trips:

Camp Policies: Preventing Abuse & Neglect (draft)

Sharing With Appalachian People/Mennonite Central Committee:

Principles and Procedures for the Protection of Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults

Sierra Service Project:

Board of Directors Agreement to Safe Sanctuaries Policy
Safety Policies (Non-Harassment Policy & Abuse Prevention Policy)
Summer Prep Packet (see page 7: info for adult counselors; pages 19-23: youth-specific forms and info; and pages 26-30: adult-specific forms and info)

Other resources:

MinistrySafe – website dedicated to sexual abuse awareness and prevention; great training options

United Methodist Church’s Safe Sanctuaries resources – free webinars, policies, forms, etc.

Safe Conduct Workbench – tools to help you develop and participate in your ministry’s abuse prevention program, including a free assessment tool, from the Insurance Board

Creating Safer Places for Ministry – Youth Activities: Daycares, trips, and camps – Free 24 page PDF with checklists from the Insurance Board

Child Welfare Information Gateway – searchable database for information on state statutes related to child welfare (a great resource for organizations that work in multiple states)

Faith Trust Institute – resources on child abuse, clergy abuse, domestic violence, and sexual violence

Sexual Abuse in The Church; Raising the Bar – article about the importance of creating and monitoring your policy