Friday, August 25, 2017

The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide

Churches have always sought to be a safe haven for children and families, but many today are dealing with the tragic reality of child sexual abuse. For the first time in history, this issue is finally being acknowledged by churches and faith communities. But the task of developing a policy to keep children safe can seem too overwhelming it feels like an impossible task to plan for every contingency. This results in churches neglecting to put working safety plans in place, leaving themselves, and the children they care for, vulnerable. This handbook, authored and edited by a multidisciplinary team of child abuse experts, is designed to help churches and faith communities formulate policies and procedures to protect children and deal with possible child abuse in their ministries, school, and church. By walking through a wide range of scenarios, this book will assist churches and ministries to assess their current child abuse policies and guide them through each step they should take to address the safety of children under their care. Covering vitally important topics including the warning signs of abuse, how to respond to abuse allegations and care for victims, and the legal implications and requirements for churches and Christian ministries, working through this book will guide churches and Christian ministries in creating and implementing policies to protect children in a Christian environment from child abuse. This handbook is an invaluable resource for Christians who are seeking to educate themselves and others about child abuse and how they can best protect the little ones under their care.  

Pick up your copy here...

Basyle (Boz) Tchividjian is a former child-abuse prosecutor who currently teaches Child Abuse and the Law and several other courses at Liberty University School of Law. Professor Tchividjian is also the founder and executive director of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment). The third eldest grandchild of Reverend Billy Graham, he wrote the book Invitation: Billy Graham and the Lives God Touched. Shira M. Berkovits is founder and CEO of Sacred Spaces, a cross-denominational initiative to create systemic solutions to abuse in communal institutions. In this capacity she has worked with faith communities around the world to develop policies and training to prevent and respond to institutional abuse. She is a psychologist and attorney, and has completed postdoctoral fellowships in child trauma and rehabilitative alternatives to incarceration. Prior to founding Sacred Spaces, Dr. Berkovits worked on issues of youth advocacy, child protection, and criminal justice reform.

My Thoughts...
Just thinking about this book having to be wrote is very sad to me. One, children are a gift from God. Two, churches are a place of safety. This is a very sad book to read but, I am very thankful for the authors taking the time to write it and help churches and ministries. It is much needed and to have it on hand is a blessing.
It was very well written and easy to understand as well.
I hope that leaders working with children get copies of this book and read it and share it  as well.
I gave this book 4 stars.
The Mary Readereceived this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.


  1. Nice of you to share this book with us. I hope it helps someone.

  2. I would like to read this one because it could help me see if any of my Bible study kids are.

  3. Thank you for sharing this book, Mary.

  4. So sad that this had to be wrote. it hurts me everyday how kids are treated. Its worse than it's every been.

  5. People who abuse little children to me are the lowest of the low life snail slime scum! Like you Mary, I agree that this book should not have to be written, but since there are those who do this, it is a must read by all who want to protect our precious little ones! Thanks for a great review!