Re: Church Youth Protection Training
Carol McLane (Carol.Mclane@COMMERCE.STATE.MI.US)
Mon, 21 Aug 1995 10:36:35 -0400
on 8/18 Drew Kress said:
"The uniformed adult leadership of my Troop was notified today by our
Chartered Organization's minister that all adult leaders responsible for
youth groups that meet in his church (Episcopal) would be required to
Youth Protection Training conducted by the Episcopal Church.
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"Does anyone on the List meet in an Episcopal Church, and if so, have you
heard of such training? "
Drew and others.
I attend a Methodist church in Portland, Michigan. My Cadette Troop also
meets in the church as well as the local BSA troop. All of us (including
sunday school teachers and youth leaders ) have received a letter from the
church regarding Youth Protection issues and have to sign a form that gives
background information and asks if we have ever been convicted of a felony.
This is what is happening in my church (and maybe others). Our church is
becoming concerned about liability in regards to child abuse or even the
hint of it. Since we are a small church in a small town, most everyone
knows each other so we really are not afraid of who is leading our youth.
Some of this is coming from our church Insurance company as well as our
Conference. There have been reports of seminars for lawyers outlining how
to sue churches and other non profit organizations. Even the hint of
impropriety (whether true or not) can destroy a person or an organization's
reputation. Law suits are expensive. So what they are doing is showing
that they take the child protection laws seriously and that each person in
any capacity that would be a leader of youth are screened and given the
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City