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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church


    Safe Sanctuaries® Resources


    UNY's Safe Sanctuaries® Training (Source: UNY Safe Sanctuaries Team)
    How to arrange an UNY Safe Sanctuaries® Training? (Source: UNY Safe Sanctuaries Team)
    Is it okay to videotape kids at church? (Source: Church Law & Tax)
    Training Annual Orientation (Source: UNY Safe Sancturies Team)


    Safe Sanctuaries® Anniversary Edition (Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth – 2008 edition) by Joy Thornburg Melton. This resource outlines basic procedures for recruiting, screening and hiring workers; basic procedures for safe ministry for children and youth; safe sanctuaries for vulnerable adults and a section on internet safety. Also included are implementation strategies, model for training, sample forms and much more.

    Santuarios seguros: Prevencion del abuso infantil y juvenil en la iglesia (Spanish Edition)

    Safe Sanctuaries®: The Church Responds to Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Older Adults, published in 2012. Have you ever thought of older adults in your church as being vulnerable to exploitation, abuse, or neglect? No church is immune from this reality. Don’t let your church be part of the problem.  This resource offers valuable, practical advice to help churches reduce the possibilities for abuse and exploitation of elders.

    Safe Sanctuaries® for Ministers (Best Practices and Ethical Decisions – 2009 edition) by Joy Thornburg Melton. This book explores three areas of special concern to clergy: Counseling and the potential improprieties within the counseling relationship, Finances and the potential improprieties related to church finance, and Sexuality and the potential for sexual misconduct. An excellent resource not just for pastors but also for Staff Parish Committees and those who work with pastors.

    Safe Sanctuaries® in a Virtual World. Melton, Joy Thornburg and Michele Foster. Nashville, TN: Upper Room, 2014 - Addresses the challenges of ministry that have arisen in the face of rapidly changing technology, sometimes referred to as the digital age.  This is both timely and practical, covering topics such as copyright in the digital age, the application of law to the life of the church, the basics of ministry in a virtual world, pornography, and obscenity.


    Safe Sanctuaries® for Children and Youth by Joy Melton; 2004 (Available from the Conference Media Center)

    Hear Their Cries from Faith Trust Institute (Available to borrow from the Conference Media Center)

    WEBSITES - includes the 2011 Resolution, The Minimum Standards (2016),  guidelines for local church teams, background check information - New York’s sex offender registry - Discipleship Ministries UMC –General Commission on the Status and Role of Women UMC – UMC Discipleship Ministries - Youth - free resources from Church Mutual insurance - NYS Office of Children & Family Services – Report/Prevent Child Abuse  and Adult Protective Services tabs – Prevent Child Abuse New York – Child Welfare Information Gateway – US Department of Health and Human Services – Darkness to Light – “Stewards of Children” on-line training – from US Department of Health and Human Services – National Center on Elder Abuse

    With more than 144,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 91 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."