November, National Child Safety Month: Considerations in Ministry Planning

About this article

Taken from the manual,Creating Safe and Sacred Places: Identifying, Preventing, and Healing Sexual Abuse, this article provides a guide for responding to someone who has been abused.


All adults who work with children and or young people must be capable of exercising good judgment and wisdom in their ministry. We recommend that you consider the following questions when planning any activity involving children or young people within the faith community:

• Who are the volunteers, and what is their training? Can or should additional training be offered?

• What is expected of the volunteers? How are those expectations communicated? What are the consequences of unmet expectations?

• What is expected of the young people who participate? How will those expectations be communicated? What are the consequences if those expectations are not met?

• How visible are the programs and activities? Do they involve a wide range of participants? Does the larger community know what programs and activities are available, who is involved in them, and how they affect the young people of the community?

• What opportunities are available for parents and other adults to be directly involved?

• What kind of programming is planned to teach critical thinking and to give young people the tools to mature into healthy adults?

You can purchase this resource here: Creating Safe and Sacred Places


(This article is from Creating Safe and Sacred Places: Identifying, Preventing, and Healing Sexual Abuse by Gerard McGlone, Mary Shrader, and Laurie Delgatto. Copyright © 2000 by Saint Mary's Press. Permission is granted for this article to be used for classroom or campus ministry purposes. This article may not be republished in any form without written permission from Saint Mary's Press. To order this book, contact Saint Mary's Press at 800-533-8095, or visit our online catalog at

Published April 1, 2003.