Policy Objective: The purpose of the Deansboro Congregational United Church of Christ safe church policy is to promote our church as a safe place where young people and adults can expect to participate in ministry without fear of harm.
Statement of Policy:
The Deansboro Congregational United Church of Christ is committed to creating and maintaining a worship and work community in which members, friends, staff, and volunteer can share in an atmosphere free of all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation, or intimidation.
Specifically, all persons associated with the Deansboro Congregational United Church of Christ should be aware that the church is strongly opposed to sexual exploitation and harassment and that such behavior is prohibited by church policy.
It is the intention and responsibility of the church council acting on behalf of the congregation, to take whatever action may be needed to prevent and correct behavior, which is contrary to this policy.
All persons engaged in the ministry of Deansboro Congregational United Church of Christ (including elected, appointed, Employee, volunteer and authorized minister) are responsible for knowing the possible impact of their words and actions in ministering to the emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of persons who come to them for help or over whom they have any kind of authority.
Sexual harassment or sexual exploitation of parishioners or other individuals by anyone engaged in the ministry of Deansboro Congregational United Church of Christ is unethical and unprofessional behavior and will not be tolerated within this congregation.
It is also expected that those engaged in providing ministry will complete and submit the disclosure document accompanying this policy.
Any complaint of alleged sexual exploitation or harassment against any employee, Volunteer, person in leadership or member shall be referred to any officer of the Church council. (A written complaint is preferred however a verbal complaint will be accepted.)
The Deansboro Congregational United Church of Christ church council shall then request that the Regional Conference Minister of the NY Conference UCC summon a 'response team' to gather Statements or other information from individuals involved in the alleged Exploitation or harassment, and from others who may have pertinent information, And present such information to the church council and or Oneida Association Committee on Authorized Ministry.
The church council shall make determinations and take actions appropriate to resolve the matter. These actions shall include:
Accompanying this policy is a list of definitions.
Accompanying this policy is a disclosure form.