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National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

It’s April, an important month when it comes to child abuse. In 1983, April was officially declared by presidential proclamation as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Whether you wear blue or “plant” pinwheels on your church grounds to raise awareness of child abuse and neglect prevention, it’s important to take time to promote children and […]

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Come On In, But Can I See Some ID?

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

You probably think of your church as a place where all are welcome, anytime. When people enter the doors of your facility, they should get a sense that they are in a friendly, nurturing space. At the same time, though, you are responsible for protecting the children, youth, and vulnerable adults that make your church […]

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April is Here, Are You Ready for Spring Events?

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Spring has arrived, and it’s a new month. Did you know that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month? It’s time right now to take action to help protect children and youth. Contact us today!

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Have a Blessed Easter

Friday, March 25th, 2016

This Easter season, we wish you and yours the comfort and warmth of God’s presence in your life. From all of us at Safe Gatherings, we wish you and yours a blessed Easter!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day to All of You

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Here’s an Irish prayer for you and yours today: May God give you… For every storm, a rainbow, For every tear, a smile, For every care, a promise, And a blessing in each trial. For every problem life sends, A faithful friend to share, For every sigh, a sweet song, And an answer for each […]

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The Story Doesn’t End With “Spotlight”

Friday, March 11th, 2016

“Spotlight” recently won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, you may be familiar with its central topic: a journalist team at the Boston Globe in the early 2000s exposed decades-old child abuse and its cover-up within the Archdiocese of Boston. The movie focuses on the journalists pushing for […]

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Let’s All Get Out Our “Big Bats”

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday today, let’s all get out our “big bats” to help prevent child abuse: “I’ve heard there are troubles of more than one kind; some come from ahead, and some come from behind. But I’ve brought a big bat. I’m all ready, you see; now my troubles are going to […]

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Ssssshhhh … It’s a Secret

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Here at Safe Gatherings, we have a secret. Don’t worry, we’ll be telling you about it soon! Stay tuned for details about something very exciting to come!

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Is Your State Failing Students in the Abuse Department?

Monday, February 15th, 2016

A recent story from USA Today talked about a West Virginia child who died on a camping trip with his principal in the late 90s. Investigators learned nearly eight years later that it wasn’t a head injury that killed the child, but that the principal had been sexually abusing the child and killed him. It […]

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6 Ways to Be a Better Listener

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

We all have ears, but are we using them correctly? In your role as a teacher, staff member, or volunteer, you are probably talking all day long: telling kids to slow down, solving problems in the office, or talking on the phone. You’ve mastered the talking part, but are you listening? It’s amazing what can […]

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What Would You Do?

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Imagine this scenario: You are a volunteer at an after-school program. The children are gathered around outside a local middle school to listen to a police officer in the canine unit. It is quite a large group, and there is only one other adult, the director, watching the presentation. A child comes up to you […]

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“Someone is Hurting Me”- 9 Tips for Responding to Abuse Disclosure

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

As a teacher, staff member, or volunteer, you wear many hats. You pass on knowledge, clean up spills, keep order—and that’s just in the first hour of spending time with a group of kids! No matter what our role, as leaders we are tasked with recognizing and responding to abuse. Because of this, we should […]

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