Responsible Ministry Screening in Faith Responsible Ministry Key

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Responsible Ministry Screening in Faith

Responsible Ministry Screening in Faith

Responsible Ministry Key Principles Ministry is a privilege not a right Children and vulnerable

Responsible Ministry Key Principles Ministry is a privilege not a right Children and vulnerable adults must be protected from harm People who offer themselves for ministry must be prepared to be screened, trained and mentored Privacy of individuals is to be respected and confidentiality is maintained When in doubt, err on the side of safety

Understanding the Context Prior to 1980: child abuse rarely acknowledged, poorly understood Late 1980’s:

Understanding the Context Prior to 1980: child abuse rarely acknowledged, poorly understood Late 1980’s: Mount Cashel 1991: Diocese of Toronto Sexual Misconduct Policy (revised 2001) June 2000 - principle of vicarious liabilitythe employer is held responsible for the acts of his employees Insurance difficult to obtain

The Scope of the Problem In the past 10 years in the Diocese of

The Scope of the Problem In the past 10 years in the Diocese of Toronto: 60 reported cases of sexual misconduct – sexual harassment – sexual abuse of children – exploitation 50% involve laity with access to children

Highlights of the Policy 1. 1 Theological Foundation 1. 2 Rationale 1. 3 Application

Highlights of the Policy 1. 1 Theological Foundation 1. 2 Rationale 1. 3 Application 1. 4 Responsibilities (organizational leadership)

The Screening Steps Where the Rubber Hits the Road! 1. List all ministry activities

The Screening Steps Where the Rubber Hits the Road! 1. List all ministry activities and positions 2. List all duties and responsibilities for each ministry activity or position 3. Assess the risk for harm 4. Reduce risk 5. Assign appropriate screening standards for each ministry

Screening Steps cont’d. 6. Finalize ministry descriptions. 7. Establish training and supervision appropriate for

Screening Steps cont’d. 6. Finalize ministry descriptions. 7. Establish training and supervision appropriate for each position. 8. Apply screening standards with individual applicants. (High risk ministries) 9. Make a selection decision based on the screening information. 10. Evaluate and enforce the screening standards.

Policy- Section 3 3. 1 Police Records Checks Process for High Risk Positions 3.

Policy- Section 3 3. 1 Police Records Checks Process for High Risk Positions 3. 2 Record Keeping 3. 4 Elections 3. 7 Compliance

Screening Compliance Indicators List and Assess all positions Sexual Misconduct Policy training (medium and

Screening Compliance Indicators List and Assess all positions Sexual Misconduct Policy training (medium and high risk positions) Police Records Checks (high risk positions)

Next Steps Read policy and appendices carefully Examine the website: www. toronto. anglican. ca/parish

Next Steps Read policy and appendices carefully Examine the website: www. toronto. anglican. ca/parish -administration/screening/