Purpose

The Sherwood of the Nazarene seeks to provide a safe and secure system for the protection of vulnerable persons who participate in our church life; its ministries, events, activities and programs by:

  1. Providing a Safe Community Environment for all Persons
  2. Protecting Children and Vulnerable Persons
  3. Protecting Church Leaders, Staff and Volunteers
  4. Mitigating Church Liabilities

Safe and Protect

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The Development Team

The follow people have been part of the development  team for the Child & Vulnerable Persons Policies & Procedures:

  • Reverend David Filsinger – Lead Cell Pastor
  • Kim Lee – Cell Youth Coordinator
  • Joanna Watts – Cell Children’s Coordinator
  • Rosita Harris – Nursery Coordinator
  • Cheryl Millman – Head Usher
  • Georgina Vardy – Executive Administrator
  • Reverend Bill MacPherson – Chief Researcher / Wordsmith

Guiding Principles

  • The safety of Children and Vulnerable Persons is primary
  • Families are the primary care givers for their children
  • The system is consistent, coordinated, cooperative and collaborative
  • The system respects the rights of children and families; however, the rights of the child and vulnerable persons are primary
  • The system is flexible, responsive to ongoing feedback, self-correcting, and allows for problem solving at all levels
  • Intervention, within mandated authority, is highly accountable at a ministry and system level

Vulnerable Persons

  • Infants
  • Children
  • Youth
  • Seniors
  • Disabled

The terms “vulnerable person” means a person who, because of his or her age, a disability or other circumstances, whether temporary or permanent, (a) is in a position of dependency on others; or (b) is otherwise at a greater risk than the general population of being harmed by a person in a position of trust or authority towards them (Criminal Records Act – C47).

Policies

  • Authorized Persons
  • Church Events
  • Church Grounds
  • Trips
  • Driving
  • Use of Vehicles
  • Abuse
  • Discipline
  • Sickness
  • Parent/Guardian Access
  • Accidental Injury
  • Training/Retraining

Procedures

Exercising Due Diligence

  1. Say what you do;
  2. Do what you say;
  3. Prove it.

Child & Vulnerable Persons Procedures Model

Check-In Ministry Time Check-Out

Source Documents

  • PEI C-5.1 Child Protection Act.pdf
  • PEI Child Sexual Abuse Protocol 2013
  • Criminal Records Act 2013
  • PEI Age of Majority Act
  • Manual Church of the Nazarene 2013-2017

It’s The Law

The Child Protection Act Cap.C-5.1 states:

10. (1) Notwithstanding any other Act, every person who has knowledge, or has reasonable grounds to suspect that a child is in need of protection shall

(a) without delay, report or cause to be reported the circumstances to the Director, or to a peace officer who shall report the information to the Director; and

(b) provide to the Director such additional information as is known or available to the person.