We are dedicated to a policy of open communication and education for the benefit of the children, youth, vulnerable adults and guardians we serve. Our community is entitled to know what to expect of our ministries, the staff and volunteers who serve them, and to know the related policies and procedures created to protect the respective ministry constituencies. Constituencies at SVPC include children and youth, parents and guardians, staff members, church officers, volunteers and members and friends of the congregation.
As part of our theology of transparency, all updates to the SVPC Safe Church policy shall be posted on the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church website to be publicly accessible to all.
At the beginning of each program year, or in the welcoming process for new participants throughout the year, SVPC program leaders in children and youth ministry will make accessible to guardians:
• The expectations for staff and volunteers or adult advisors in working with children and youth ministry, which includes:
• behavioral and theological expectations for adults toward children
• information regarding adults’ personal obligation to report suspected abuse as it exists under the laws of the State of California
• A link to current SVPC Safe Church Policies
• Information regarding the means to report violations of policy or suspicions of abuse by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Children and youth shall be periodically reminded of the following subjects in their age-specific programming:
• Age-appropriate information about boundaries
• How to protect themselves from abuse
• How to report boundary violations or incidents of abuse
• Basics on Safe Church policies (e.g., two-adult rule, bathroom policies)
Parents and guardians shall be invited to receive the same Safe Church training provided to staff and volunteers to be taken at their option. Guardians shall be encouraged to report violations of policy, boundaries or suspected abuse to the Program Director of the respective ministry or program at which an incident has occurred or the Head of Staff. Alternatively, they may report incidents to email@example.com.
Anonymous reporting is permitted in the same manner and with the same precautions as reporting by staff and volunteers. If for any reason, the guardian believes that the primary contacts have failed to respond or have not given credibility to the guardian’s concerns, the latter may communicate directly to the Safe Church Oversight Team Chair via firstname.lastname@example.org to report those concerns.