Greenfield Park United Church we wish to maintain an environment where all people, especially children, youth, seniors, handicapped,
and other vulnerable people are safe, well treated, well cared for, and properly supervised.
t OUR PURPOSE:
create and maintain a safe environment where all participants and volunteers feel welcomed and secure within Greenfield Park
t BACKGROUND REFERENCE:
FOOTSTEPS: Screening for Positions of Trust and Authority in the United Church of Canada”. To be found on the United Church of Canada web site.
t RISK ASSESSMENT: (see “Faithful Footsteps”)
appropriate job description will be written for each volunteer and staff position.
1. It involves supervision of persons under 18 years of age,
2. It involves one-to-one contact with disabled persons or infirm seniors,
3. It involves one-to-one home visits, instruction or counseling,
4. It involves acting as mentor, personal counselor, or spiritual advisor.
t VOLUNTEER AND STAFF SCREENING
1. Volunteers and staff are required to complete an application
form. They will meet with the Chairperson of the appropriate committee or the
Minister of Greenfield Park United Church.
2. References if deemed necessary will be conducted and documented for all new
volunteers and staff.
3. Volunteers and staff will require a Police Security
Check to be renewed every 3 years, dated no earlier than 6 months before beginning their new duties.
4. If Security Check ,reference checks and interviews are deemed unsatisfactory by those conducting the
screening, the Minister and the Chair of M&P will decide on the appropriateness of the volunteer, and they shall inform
the applicants if their application is refused.
5. All volunteers and staff will receive formal child protection
and personal safety training. Including this document at the start of their duties and once per year thereafter.
6. Volunteers and staff will participate in documented annual performance reviews by the M&P
a. All information collected for the safety and security of participants is for the exclusive use of Greenfield
Park United Church only. It is not to be shared or disclosed.
M&P Committee will store this information on hard copy locked in a secure office, and / or in electronic form in password-secure
computers. The information will be destroyed when no longer relevant.
PARTICIPATING CHILDREN AND YOUTH: to participate
on a regular basis in programs at Greenfield
Park United Church:
c. All children and youth (or their parents) will complete a registration form, renewable yearly.
children and youth will be expected to follow participation guidelines as set by the leader.
children and youth visit the Church on a reasonable effort will be made to obtain
registration and medical information about them.
t SAFETY PROCEDURES AT CHURCH FUNCTIONS
a. Classrooms and other activities: – a fully screened staff person or volunteer must be in attendance at all
times in the presence of those aged 0 - 18. A second volunteer aged 13 - 18 may assist. After classes, parents are expected
to supervise their own children while still in the Church building.
b. Diaper changing: – Should diaper-changing become necessary, the parents should be notified.
c. Washrooms: – It should be communicated to parents at the beginning of the year, as well
as to new parents during the year, that they should take their children to the washroom prior to classes or service.
A volunteer should escort
children up to 6 years to the washroom, and inspect the washroom before the child enters.
A volunteer should never
go into a washroom cubicle with a child or youth and shut the door.
t VOLUNTEER BEHAVIOUR:
a. Volunteers should always conduct themselves responsibly and ethically, being above reproach,
and as examples to the community.
b. If an individual is injured during a Church activity, and it becomes necessary to remove part
of the individual’s clothing to examine the injury, two volunteers should
be present, and the incident should be reported to his or her contact as soon as possible. This should also be reported to
Appropriate touch: –
Love and caring can be expressed in the following appropriate ways:
a) bending down to the person’s eye level and speaking
kindly, listening to the person carefully,
b) taking a child’s hand and leading him or her to an
c) putting an arm around the shoulder of a child who needs quieting
d) taking both of the child’s hands as you say “you did such
a good job!”, “I’m so glad to see you!”, “We missed
e) patting a child on the head, hand, shoulder, or back to affirm
him or her,
f) holding a pre-school child who is crying.
1. Inappropriate touch: Volunteer staff must always avoid
a) kissing a child, coaxing a child to kiss you, extended hugging
b) touching a child in any area that would be covered by a bathing
suit (except when assisting a child with toileting as outlined previously),
c) carrying older children or having them sit on your lap,
d) being alone with a child,
e) prolonged physical contact,
f) opposite sex piggyback rides,
g) seductiveness or suggestive contact, or verbal mention,
h) any physical contact of any kind that is done for
the pleasure or satisfaction of care providers,
i) any touching used to express power or control
over a child.
t SPECIAL EVENTS AND OVERNIGHT POLICIES
plan special class activities in their homes, or plan social activities involving their pupils in field trips and service
The following precautions
need to be taken with these activities: --
a) field trips and special events activities should be
pre-approved by the Church leadership,
b) parents should be notified at least one week prior
to the outing,
c) proper written consent and medical release forms are
required for each child participating in field trips and special events,
d) all trips and outings must be supervised by a minimum
of 2 approved, unrelated adult leaders,
e) all drivers providing transportation must have a valid
driver’s licence and current automobile insurance; and the number of passengers must never exceed the number of seat
t CHURCH-SPONSORED OVERNIGHT ACTIVITIES: – may be permitted as the following guidelines are met:
a) all overnight activities must be pre-approved by the Church
b) written consent and medical release forms are required for
c) each leader should have an assigned group of children for
whom they will be responsible during the overnight event.
t REPORTING SUSPECTED ABUSE OR NEGLECT
The reporting of child
abuse allegations is clearly mandated by law, particularly if the victim is under age 18.
a) All suspicions of child abuse or neglect must be reported
immediately to the most senior staff member or volunteer available. That person must immediately report the suspicion to the
b) The Minister, with a neutral party present will meet with
the person alleging the abuse, and record what has been seen or heard .
c) The Minister will then contact the Personnel Officer of Montreal
Presbytery to report the incident to determine:
• if there are grounds for investigation by the police
• how and when the individual or parents or caregivers will be informed of
• how to best protect the individual
d) If it is alleged that the Minister is perpetrator, the individual
will contact the confidential number which will be posted throughout the church directly contact Personnel Officer of Montreal and Ottawa Conference.
e) The alleged perpetrator will be required to refrain
from any contact with that group and / or individual at Greenfield Park United
Church until he or she has been cleared of the suspicions or accusations.
f) if the alleged perpetrator
is a staff member, he or she will be subject to actions as outlined by the United Church of Canada.