Key point 10-04.03. Churches can reduce the risk of liability based on negligent selection for the sexual molestation of minors by adopting risk management policies and procedures.
Incidents of sexual misconduct involving minor victims can be devastating to the victim, the victim's family, the offender, the church leadership, and the church itself. The good news is that churches can significantly reduce the risk of such incidents by taking a few simple precautions. Here is a summary of eight risk management strategies:
1. A Written Application Form
Churches can significantly reduce their risk of legal liability for negligent selection (and the likelihood that an incident of abuse or molestation will occur) by having every applicant for youth work (volunteer or compensated) complete a "screening application." At a minimum, the application should ask for the applicant's name ...
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