Canadian Baptist of Western Canada

Abuse Prevention Policy

CBWC’s Abuse Prevention PolicyStop Child Abuse
Canadian Baptists of Western Canada encourages all affiliated churches, camps and other ministries to implement and maintain an Abuse Prevention Policy for Children, Youth and Other Vulnerable People that complies with current legislation and insurance company requirements.

The CBWC is here to support and resource churches in all areas of need including preventing and responding to sexual abuse. Contact Sherry Bennett, CBWC’s director of Children and Family Ministries at sbennett@cbwc.ca for more information.

CBWC’s Abuse Prevention Policies and Recommendations Manual
All of us like to think of our churches as places of welcome, love and trust where no harm will come to our children or those who are vulnerable. Sadly, many predators take advantage of the trusting and open environment within a church. It is essential that each and every CBWC church take active steps to prevent physical, emotional and sexual abuse within their congregations. This manual, Preventing Abuse in the Church: Abuse Prevention Policy and Recommendations, is intended to support churches in developing policies and procedures that will protect children, youth and vulnerable adults from abuses by church staff or volunteers while engaged in church activities or on church property.

Download the updated Manual

Sample Manuals
The CBWC endorses Plan to Protect as a comprehensive policy manual appropriate for our Canadian context. Alternatively, the CBWC offers two sample manuals with policies and procedures that are currently being used in some of our own churches. These documents provide a guideline for churches seeking to implement their own policies and can be adapted and applied to different church contexts. Permission is given to adapt to your context, but it is always recommended to have it approved by your churches insurance provider and lawyer.

Sample Abuse Prevention Manual from First Baptist Church Vernon
Sample Abuse Prevention Manual from First Baptist Church Lethbridge

Helpful Links
• plantoprotect.com
• Child Welfare Research Portal

Download the Preventing Abuse in the Church: Abuse Prevention Policies and Recommendations manual for a broader list of online resources.