Children/Youth Workers Security

Background checks are required for all staff and volunteers who may be alone with or work with minors at CTK prior to such involvement. Fees for background checks will be paid by individual worship centers.

No person having a history of criminal activity regarding minors will be allowed to participate in or oversee ministry involving minors.

People who attend CTK with a known criminal history regarding minors or known propensity to act in criminal ways toward minors must stay in public areas of CTK worship services only. (Main auditorium and foyer only.)

PROCEDURES:

If it becomes known that an individual at a worship center has a history of criminal activity regarding minors, the following actions must be taken:

With the offending person:

1. The individual must immediately be removed from any official contact with minors, and be informed that they must stay in public areas of CTK Worship Services only (main auditorium and foyer) until such time as they may be exonerated from the charges.

2. The individual must be informed that if they stray from the public areas of the worship center, they will not be permitted to attend services.

With the congregation:

1. All staff and directors must be notified of the potential danger and to be on alert. Staff and directors will also be trained in how to respond should they see the offending person straying from the public areas of the worship center.

2. If staff or directors see the offending person creating a friendship with a family that has minor children, those families must be notified of the person’s past.

With the organization:

1. The pastor will discuss the situation with his Area or Regional Pastor and will keep him apprised of any developments.

2. The pastor will keep a record of all developments for future reference.

If an ACCUSATION is made regarding an individual’s criminal behavior toward minors, the following actions must be taken:

With the accused person:

1. The individual either must immediately be removed from any official contact with minors, and informed that they must stay in public areas of CTK Worship Services (main auditorium and foyer only) or they must be chaperoned by an appointed person until such time as they may be exonerated from the charges.

2. The individual must be informed that if they stray from the public areas of the worship center, they will not be permitted to attend services.

With the congregation:

1. The pastor must immediately document the way in which this knowledge was gained, and investigate the accusation(s), documenting all steps of his investigation.

2. The pastor must share the reason for his investigation and the results of it with the ministry leaders at the worship center.

3. All staff and directors will be notified of the potential danger and to be on alert. Staff and directors will also be trained in how to respond should they see the offending person straying from the public areas of the worship center.

With the organization:

1. The pastor will discuss the situation with his Area or Regional Pastor and with the Director of Network Resources and will keep them both apprised of any developments.

2. The pastor will keep a record of all developments for future reference.

With the legal authorities:

1. The pastor shall report the accusation to the legal authorities in accordance with state laws.

(Network Resources has a summary of all 50 states’ laws on file.)

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