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Child & Youth Protection Policy

We are committed to providing a church environment that is safe for children and youth, and that will protect them from any abuse when they are involved in church-related activities. Our Child and Youth Protection Policy outlines our policies and procedures followed to ensure the children and vulnerable adults in our care are nurtured and safe. This policy is reviewed annually by the Christian Education committee and necessary revisions are recommended for approval by the Session.

The First Presbyterian Church in Pitman adopted these policies and procedures not only to maximize safety and prevent child abuse within its church community but also to guide and protect volunteers and employees from unwarranted allegations of child abuse.

The child/youth protection policy applies to all employees, volunteers, and any outside groups that may lease or otherwise use our facilities. Employees are required to attend child/youth protection policy training and undergo background checks.

All volunteers who work with children and/or youth are required to attend child/youth protection policy training and undergo background checks.

Session members, other church leaders, and parents are strongly encouraged to attend the training. Policy training is provided at various times and each session is one hour.