Completion Time: 2 weeks
CEUs: Yes 1
Instructor(s): Rev. Beth Perry
Do your pastors and volunteers work in pairs when they visit members of your congregation? Has an institutional resident ever tried to give you their offering? Who stands up for anyone being bullied? What are your plans for members with early signs of dementia? How accessible is your building? How do you define a “vulnerable adult”?
Whether your congregation includes the care for vulnerable adults in your policy for reducing the risk of child abuse or creates a separate policy, it is your best preparation for reducing the risk in those situations and more!
In this two-week online workshop, you’ll learn why you should have and follow an up-to-date policy, what the policy includes generally and specifically, where to go for help when needed – and what your next steps should be, including writing (or editing) a policy, if needed.
Through readings, discussion questions, and an optional Zoom meeting, you will hear how volunteers with Vulnerable Adult ministries, pastors, administrators, and others, are reducing their risk of abuse or false accusations of abuse.
Participants should expect to spend an hour a day online in reading and responding, which will earn a completion certificate. Joy Thornburgh Melton’s book, Safe Sanctuaries: The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults, is recommended.
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