CHILD ABUSE POLICY AND PROCEDURES ACKNOWLEDGMENT
The following policy and procedures concerning child abuse will be adhered to in all cases by all Palmetto Baptist Church employees and volunteers.
Note: if you are a Mandated Reporter as defined in S.C. Code Ann. § 63-7-610, legally you must follow Mandated Reporter protocol as set out in S.C. Code Ann. § 63-7-610 and any other applicable law, as well as comply with PBC’s own internal reporting procedures.
1. If you as a “non-mandated reporter” employee have reasonable suspicion or knowledge of any form of abuse or molestation of a child at a Palmetto Baptist Church facility or church-sponsored activity, you should report it immediately orally or in writing to the County Department of Social Services and/or the appropriate law enforcement officials in the county where the child resided or is found and then immediately to the pastor of Palmetto Baptist Church.
2. In addition to the report to the DSS and or law enforcement officials, PBC requires a detailed written report be submitted within 24 hours to the pastor of Palmetto Baptist Church. This report can be a copy of the written report submitted to DSS and/or law enforcement, or if that report was made orally, a new documented report.
3. If an employee or volunteer is accused of abuse, the following guidelines will be followed:
a. Report of the abuse shall be made to the proper law enforcement or child welfare agency as required with the understanding that we are not making judgment until a full and complete investigation is made.
b. Should authorities determine that the suspected abuse by an employee or volunteer is founded, or should the church, in its sole discretion, determine that the conduct is contrary to the best interests of the church’s ministry, appropriate disciplinary penalties and church discipline, including, but not limited to, termination of the individual’s relationship with Palmetto Baptist Church will be taken based on the circumstances and facts available.
I have read, and I fully understand, the Palmetto Baptist Church policies and procedures on children and youth protection, and I have participated in the training provided by Palmetto Baptist Church regarding these policies.
Current PBC Employee _____
Current PBC Volunteer _____
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