The online Safe Gatherings abuse-prevention and boundary-awareness program was initiated in the Kansas West and East conferences last year, replacing the in-person Boundary Awareness and Safe and Sacred Space trainings used previously.
The 2012 Kansas West Annual Conference adopted a policy that mandates each local church in the conference adopt a policy for the protection of children, youth and developmentally disabled dependent people to be implemented by each church by 2013. The Kansas East Conference had already mandated the policy.
Since July 1, 2012, more than 4,000 Safe Gatherings applications have been processed. However, many churches still need to have people certified to be in compliance with conference policy.
Congregations should be aware:
Common mistakes that may delay Safe Gatherings certification:
For more information about Safe Gatherings certification, contact Kathie Monroe at 800-745-2350 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about Safe Gatherings and conference policy at www.kansaseast.org/SafeGatherings.