Kentucky Christian University recognizes that predatory behavior and child sexual abuse can occur even in ministry settings and leaders have a sacred obligation to protect those whom they serve.
For this reason, we have invited the team of Gregory Love and Kimberlee Norris of MinistrySafe to lead an awareness training seminar on our Grayson, Kentucky campus. Below is an agenda for the day. For further information about the seminar, please click on the links below.
Registration is $25 per person. The fee is waived for registrants from KCU “Covenant Churches.” (For more information about “Covenant Churches,” click here.)
The MinistrySafe Seminar is a half-day conference focused on addressing the risk of child sexual abuse in ministry environments. Seminar speakers are attorneys and experts who repeatedly address legal issues related to child sexual abuse.
- Understanding the Risk
- Implementing Preventative Measures
- Preparing for and Responding to an Allegation
- Complying with Abuse Reporting Requirements
- Creating Registered Sexual Offender Policies
- Searching Criminal Records Effectively
- Applying Changes in the Law
Preventing Sexual Abuse in Ministry
Date: January 16, 2018
Gregory Love, Esq.
12:30 – 2:30 Section 1: Awareness – What we need to KNOW
Sexual Abuse Awareness Training: Facts About Sexual Abuse & Sexual Abusers
We cannot reduce a risk we do not understand. This segment identifies commonly held misconceptions and provides factual information concerning abuser characteristics, the grooming process, common grooming behaviors, responding to an outcry or allegation, reporting responsibilities (to supervisors and authorities) and more.
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 4:00 Section 2: Safety System – What we need to DO
The Awareness Training in Section 1 provides information regarding the risk of sexual abuse – giving staff members and volunteers the “Why”. This section outlines recommended elements of an effective safety system for Church ministries – outlining the “What”:
-Sexual Abuse Awareness Training;
-Tailored Policies & Procedures;
-Appropriate Criminal Background Checks;
-Systems for Monitoring and Oversight.
4:00 – 5:00 Section 3: Getting the Tools/Sexual Abuse Fire Drill
After describing the elements of an effective safety system for Church ministries, this section will identify tools and trainings available for the creation of the system – the “How”. The session will end with an overview of how leadership can evaluate an existing ministry and determine where to start. The session will also discuss common pitfalls and errors, followed by information important for crisis preparation.