Most churches have implemented a child protection program that includes background checks.
Most people with sketchy histories don’t apply, but we receive calls just about weekly from churches that have run a background check and something comes up.
It is extremely important to protect your church with tools like an Employee Handbook and Church Employee Background Screening. Of course, your good judgment is the most valuable guide, but sometimes a list of disqualifiers can help.
We don't want to be offensive, but here are 34 offenses that should disqualify someone from volunteering in the youth ministry.
sexual assault of a child
physical abuse of a child
sexual exploitation of a child
causing mental harm to a child
use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime
soliciting a child for prostitution
sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or younger
possession of child pornography
child sex offender working with children
registered sex offender photographing children
contributing to truancy
strip searches by school employees
leaving loaded firearm accessible to a minor
receiving stolen property from a child
tattooing a child
battery or threat to a witness
battery or threat to a judge
battery to an unborn child
sexual exploitation by a therapist
injury by negligent handling of a firearm
injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle
abuse of persons at risk
child unattended in a child care vehicle
sexting with a child
Our job as a church insurance company is to help you mitigate church risk, but protecting children should be everyone's top priority.
We have a large library of information to protect your church. Feel free to take it back to your leadership team or board. Or you can call our team at any time if you have questions. 800.843.6054