Child Sexual Abuse Response Plan
How Will You Respond to Child Sexual Abuse? Use this checklist to find out.
If you answer “no” to any of these questions, corrective action is recommended. Item
Do we have a written response plan that we can use in case of an allegation? Do we have an attorney already designated for our church?
Is the name and contact information for our church insurance agent easily accessible?
Do we have a designated, trained church spokesperson who can address the media?
Do we understand the difference between fact-finding and conducting a full investigation?
Is there a plan in place to temporarily remove the alleged suspect from contact with minors while the investigation is being conducted?
Does our plan include specific steps for how we should notify our leaders and membership of the alleged incident? Are the state’s mandatory reporting laws posted and are they being followed? Do we keep clear notes and utilize the use of an incident report?
Do we have a plan to follow through with pastoral care for the victim, suspect, and their families?
Do we have a plan to institute prayer throughout the process in a way that protects all parties involved? Are there denominational officials that need to be notified of this incident? Have we committed ahead of time to cooperating with authorities?
Completed By: _________________________________________________ Date: ___________________
Yes No Action Steps
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