Children suffer physically and emotionally, if they are abused by their peers. But the potential damage to the child and to the church—not to mention the possibility of wrenching lawsuits—has caused many churches to take steps to protect its children. You can minimize the risk to your church's children, and the risk of being sued for negligent supervision, by implementing the following approaches:
- Arrange for at least two adult supervisors with minors during church-sponsored activities. The two-adult rule applies in changing areas and restrooms and even if only one or two children are present in the nursery.
- Have adults present even with teenage volunteers. Minors do not count toward the two-adult rule, so be sure underage workers always serve with another adult.
- Install windows on the doors of classrooms and other rooms occupied by young people. Be sure to monitor children's behavior toward each other, as well as the teachers who are in charge of them.