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The concept of "Community Safety" creates a more positive and more comprehensive frame for these tender conversations and discernment. Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth by Joy Thornburg Melton is our recommended resource. The Quaker Youth Education Committee is piloting notebooks with hard copies of practical tips, sample forms and policies and the major NEYM statement. Contact Beth Collea, Religious Education and Outreach Coordinator, for a notebook for your NEYM meeting. The contents are also available here online.
The New England Yearly Meeting Child Safety Policy can be found here.
Contact the NEYM Office for assistance with running background checks. We have a system that is low-cost, confidential, and searches for only criminal records related to child abuse. Download and print the required form.