Safe Sanctuary

Resources on Abuse

(Adapted from Atlantic Coast Conference website)

Ministerial Sexual Misconduct Discipline Policy and Procedures of ACC (ESP)

Recognizing and Responding to Sexual Misconduct
As we work to better recognize and respond appropriately to sexual misconduct, MC USA’s Leadership Development, in partnership with Dove’s Nest, has created a poster designed to empower all members and participants in congregations to recognize and respond to sexual misconduct and abuse.

MCC webinars on addressing sexual violence
These webinars are intended as resources for congregations wanting to learn more about how to address sexualized violence within the congregation and how to encourage healthy sexuality and healthy masculinity among members. The webinars will be led by church leaders and others with expertise in the topics.
–Healthy Sexuality in our Congregations
–Sexualized violence – How should churches respond?
–Healthy masculinity

How to Spot Sexual Abuse in Your Church
Understanding the dynamics of sexual abuse is the first step. by Maureen Farrell Garcia.

Sexual Harassment Tip Sheet for Employers
A brief list of recommendations for consideration, if/when addressing these issues in your workplace, from Wellspan Philhaven.

To request additional resources or inquire about best practices, please contact the conference office,

Child Safety Resources/Policies

In response to recently passed Pennsylvania legislation, especially HB 435, and in accordance with best practices regarding child safety, there are ACC policy changes that effect actively credentialed leaders and youth leaders attending/chaperoning ACC youth events.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Child safety in the church: Resources on Pennsylvania child safety laws and best practices for congregations (Word) (PDF)
This document provides information detailing the laws in Pennsylvania which relate to those who routinely come into contact with children. This document also gives numerous best practice suggestions to churches who desire to take additional steps toward creating a safe and secure church environment for children.

ACC credentialed leader covenant (PDF)
This form must be completed by all actively credentialed leaders and signed by a congregational representative who has reviewed the credentialed leaders’ original background check results.

ACC youth events and the PA child abuse laws (WORD) (PDF)
This document provides relevant information to youth leaders and chaperones attending ACC youth events (Bible Quizzing, Fall Retreat, etc.).

ACC youth events volunteer covenant (PDF)
This form must be completed by all leaders and chaperones attending ACC youth events.

Youth Event Verification Form for Congregations/Employers, (PDF)
This form must be completed by a congregational representative who has reviewed the original background check results of those who will be serving as leaders and chaperones to ACC youth events.

ACC Affirmation Statement (PDF) (ESP)
This form must be completed by credentialed leaders living outside of Pennsylvania

*All documents have been reviewed by attorney Ann Martin of Gibble, Kraybill & Hess. Please don’t hesitate to contact the ACC office with any questions about what the policy or recommended best practices mean for your congregation.