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Calvary Chapel Church, Inc.
Child Safety, Abuse Prevention & Reporting Policy
At Calvary Chapel Church, Inc., we are committed to safeguarding the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of children.
The Bible lays the foundation for this task. In Isaiah 40:11 (NIV), the Scriptures say God “tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart.” Jesus expressed his concern for children in Mark 10:14 (NIV), saying, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Proverbs 31:8-9 calls on God’s people to care for those who are afflicted and needy, and further says the strong should protect the weak.
Therefore, we are steadfast in our commitment to protect and defend those individuals whom God has entrusted to our care. To support this goal, please carefully review the following policies and procedures that help ensure the safety of children and protect them from abuse and neglect.
Our hope is that these best practices for child safeguarding and abuse reporting protocol create an environment where kids are safe and families can thrive. Advocating for children is near to the heart of God. Together, we will protect the most vulnerable in our care, praying we are equipped and knowledgeable in the process.
This document applies to all employees of the Church, including Calvary Christian Academy, as well as all volunteers. All references to Calvary Chapel Church, Inc. in this policy includes Calvary Christian Academy and all regional campuses and will be referred to collectively as the “Church.” This Child Safety, Abuse Prevention, and Reporting Policy hereafter will be referred to as the “Policy.”
This Policy is governed by the Child and Vulnerable Adult Safety Team (the “CVAST”). The CVAST consists of the Director of Child and Vulnerable Adult Safety and those other members appointed by the Executive Leadership Team. A current list of CVAST members is kept on file in office of the Executive Pastor of Administration.
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