Our Commitment to Safety

 

Southminster-Steinhauer United Church endeavors to provide a safe environment for spiritual gatherings, social and learning events, and all activities it sponsors. We seek to ensure that all staff, volunteers and ministry personnel who work with vulnerable individuals share this commitment in showing respect for all persons and their boundaries, protecting others from harm and abuse and enabling those in our care to learn and grow without fear of exploitation.

We have a legal, ethical and spiritual duty to care for and protect all who participate in our programs. We commit to act with due diligence to provide a safe space for all, and especially for our most vulnerable participants.

Families, children, youth, seniors and all persons can participate at SSUC, knowing that we are doing our best to ensure that this is a safe place, with safe leaders and volunteers, trained and prepared to take on the trust and responsibility that our participants place in us.

In February of 2015, we strengthened this commitment by enacting our Policy and Code of Conduct for the Protection of Vulnerable Individuals. Please feel welcome to view Southminster-Steinhauer’s Policy and Code of Conduct for Protection of Vulnerable Individuals – March 2015.

Under this policy, all of our staff and volunteers who work with vulnerable individuals are trained, screened and prepared for their role of trust within the life of our community. If you have any questions about this policy or would like to apply to be a volunteer in one of our programs, please contact the church office or a member of the Ministry Team.