Child/Youth Protection Screening, Training and Supervision

A central tenet of the Christian faith is the inherent value and worth of all children, youth, and adults. Children and youth are least able to protect themselves in our society and are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect. The Gulf Cove United Methodist Church is desirous of doing what it can to protect the youth and children who participate in the life of this congregation.

Child abuse prevention and Ministry Protection policies and procedures are essential for congregations, not only for the protection and safety of our children and youth, but also for our volunteers and staff working with youth.


Adult volunteers who regularly work with the Church’s children and youth and each church paid staff person will be screened. Those who work regularly with children/youth will be trained on child protection issues prior to beginning their regular involvement with children and youth. This screening is good for 7 years after which time a re-screening will be necessary.

Each person applying to work with children and/or youth shall “authorize” the church to conduct a criminal background check. The company used by Gulf Cove UMC to preform background checks is Trak-1 Technology. Written authorization is required to run a background screening. Download, complete and return the Background Investigation Authorization Form to the Gulf Cove UMC office. For addition information you may visit the Conference Department of Ministry Protection.

Ongoing Training

The Pastor and Staff Parish Relations Committee shall ensure that regularly scheduled (i.e., at least annually) training focused on current issues of child protection is available to and received by those working with children and youth. Attendance at this training shall be required of all paid staff members as well as screened and non-screened adult volunteers who work consistently with children and/or youth.

Holly Woods-Tozer will hold Child Protection Training classes on Sat. June 18, 2016 @ 10:00am and Thur. June 23, 2016 @ 6:30pm. Location for both dates is the Serving Room .

General Rules of Supervision

1) All activities involving children and youth will be supervised by at least one screened adult.

2) When reasonably feasible, each room set aside for children/youth should have a door with a window. (Windows in doors tend to remove the opportunities for secrecy and isolation, conditions every child abuser seeks). Half doors should be considered for Toddler to Second Grade children to keep them from wandering outside the classroom.

3) The “Two Person Rule” is defined as having at least two people in any classroom or setting, one of which must be a screened adult volunteer or staff person.

4) A Parental Consent and Medical Authorization form is required for each child participating in church sponsored activities. The authorization is good for one calendar year. Also please complete the 'Child Registration Form'.

View Parental Consent & Medical Authorization Form

Child Registration Form


Legend: Expired Under 60 Days