Does your church need a protection policy? If so, check out Dove’s Nest’s updated three-page model policy available as a PDF: http://bit.ly/ProtectionPolicyModel. You can also find more resources on the Dove’s Nest website: https://dovesnest.net/policies.
You can use this model policy as a guide to create or update your own that works for your church’s context, settings, and values. The 2018 update includes the following additions:
- Guidelines for child-to-child and youth-to-youth contact
- Additional victim-centered steps, especially for situations when the victim and alleged offender are both in the church community
- Technology and social media concerns
- A best practices addendum
The model policy is a free resource, but please consider supporting Dove’s Nest (https://dovesnest.net/donate) so that this organization can continue to make materials like this one available to all churches.