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Abuse Prevention Awareness and Best Practices for Churches

Best Practices and Resources in Hiring, Prevention Training for Abuse, Investigatory Protocols, and Survivor Care

Guide for Churches:

1. Hiring (prior to employment or volunteering)

2. Prevention Training

3. Investigative Protocols

  • Take all situations seriously and do not dismiss anything that you hear
  • Follow mandated reporter notice to the state for child abuse
  • Define internal processes about gathering information about abuse allegations which should include notifying the police, confronting parties where appropriate, recording information on the events, and appropriate legal counsel involvement.

4. Survivor Care

If you are/have been a victim of sexual abuse or suspect sexual abuse by a pastor, staff member or member of a Southern Baptist church or entity, please reach out for help at 202-864-5578 or All calls are confidential.

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