Safe Conduct and Church Safety

Safe Conduct and Church Safety

Healthy boundaries are essential to church safety and safe faith communities.  

It is important to create safe spaces which are bound by covenant and demonstrate  our core Christian values in every congregation. The problem of sexual abuse of children is not someone else's problem. Providing a safe place for all vulnerable populations - of children, youth, and those who are elderly or developmentally vulnerable, and the church leaders who supervise them - is a core value of our mission and ministry.

Church Safety and Safe Conduct Policies


Mandated Reporting

Sex Offender Resources  

National sex offender website from the US Department of Justice


Understanding your responsibilities as a staff or lay person serving a church in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

CORI background checks

Massachusetts state law requires all volunteer organizations that provide activities or programs to children to conduct CORI background checks of the volunteers. The law also requires CORI checks any time there is a potential for someone to have unmonitored contact with a child. The Southern New England Conference strongly recommends that all  MA churches conduct CORI checks of all employees and volunteers who have contact with children, i.e. Sunday school teachers, youth group leaders, choir directors, etc. and all paid staff. 

The historic  Massachusetts Conference adheres to the model CORI policy established by the Department of Criminal Justice Information Services.

iCORI Resources   

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