St. Columba's Episcopal Church

Safeguarding Our Children

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4201 Albemarle Street NW
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September through May:
Mon. through Thurs.,
9 am to 5 pm
Fri., 9 am to 4 pm

June through August:
Mon. through Fri.,
9 am to 4 pm.

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St. Columba's takes seriously its commitment to children and youth—
and in particular to help keep our children safe. To that end, we rely on the following resources and guidelines:

Diocesan Standards for Youth and Children's Ministries

The Diocese of Washington has outlined best practices for congregations and for diocesan events, setting common standards and expectations by which all churches in the diocese are expected to abide. These address topics such as the screening and training of those who wish to work with children and youth, as well as detailing operational standards for programs and behavioral expectations for children, youth and adult participants in parish and diocesan programs.

Safeguarding God's Children

This is a three-hour child abuse prevention training offered by the Diocese of Washington for paid full-time staff and all who work with children and youth. All staff, vestry members and volunteers at St. C's who work with children and youth on an ongoing basis (Sunday School teachers, youth leaders, vergers, SCAP leaders, etc.) are required to attend this training, which is designed to equip people to recognize warning signs of abuse, to know what to do in the case of witnessing or hearing about abuse and to take steps to avoid situations in which abuse or even the appearance of impropriety could take place.

St. Columba's Standards, Policies and Procedures for Ministries Involving Children and Young People

In addition to the diocesan standards, St. Columba's is guided by a separate set of standards that give further specifics for our own church setting, including a detailed outline of the steps and procedures that are to be followed in this church community. Please note: These will be available shortly from the website.

Click the following links for more information:

Diocesan Standards for Youth and Children's Ministries
Safeguarding God's Children training

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