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Admin Tip – Summer 2021

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Do you know the most frequent reason that a Safe Gatherings application is delayed? It might not be what you think. You may be thinking that the background check is most frequently what causes an application to be delayed, but that’s not correct. The most frequent reason? The applicant’s own references! How can that be? […]

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What Would You Do? Summer 2021

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

A regular volunteer comes to you two days before the mission trip she has planned to attend and says that her Safe Gatherings approval has not come back yet. You had reminded her a couple of times over the last month or two, but she still hasn’t completed the necessary steps. She says, “I’ve been […]

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Why Not an $8 Background Check?

Tuesday, July 27th, 2021

Comparing the store brand with the name brand in a grocery store is a good use of time. The ingredient lists are often the same, despite one being a little more expensive. When it comes to background checks, though, it’s really important that you think about the phrase, “You get what you pay for.” In […]

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Admin Tip, Spring 2021

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Over this past year, we know there have been many changes in organizations, and this includes staffing. This newsletter’s administrative tip is to remind you to let us know about these changes. We want to make sure we are still communicating with the right people. If you have Safe Gatherings admin changes, please call us […]

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What Would You Do? Spring 2021

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

You are a leader in a children’s ministry and your current policy is that all staff, volunteers, and congregants wear protective masks during church activities because of COVID-19. This policy was communicated to all staff and volunteers and is posted on your church doors. You have a volunteer that refuses to wear a mask, saying […]

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Getting Back to It

Friday, April 23rd, 2021

Over the past year of the pandemic, there has been great loss and suffering to many across the globe. It was a year of panic, anxiety and a range of other emotions for people of all ages. But in the midst of it all, many were hopeful, optimistic, steadfast and came together in ways they […]

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Partnership with N2Discovery

Friday, February 19th, 2021

Safe Gatherings is proud to partner with N2Discovery as the recommended protection program provider for Discovery Weekend activities. At N2Discovery, Discovery Weekend resources emphasize the need for events to be safe places for children and youth. They are committed to ensuring that staff and volunteers are screened and trained, and encourage the use of Safe […]

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Updated training module available

Monday, February 1st, 2021

Safe Gatherings updated its training course last fall to address the challenges and best practices when conducting online ministry. The module is now included as part of the Safe Gatherings training. The module discusses abuse prevention considerations for conducting online meetings, technology challenges and solutions, boundary awareness situations in terms of virtual ministry, and more. […]

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Admin Tip: Winter 2021

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

As churches across the country plan for reopening, what can you do to prepare? We have many helpful reports available on your dashboard. Check out the Applicant Status report. It provides a list of all who are approved and those pending. For those pending, this report lets you know which items are still needed. Another […]

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What Would You Do?

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

You are a volunteer for a small organization. One day while volunteering in the children’s area, a man comes to pick up a child he says is his daughter. The girl runs to the door to greet the man; she is very excited to see him. However, the man did not drop her off before […]

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The FAQs About Mandatory Reporting

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

What is mandatory or mandated reporting? You may have taken training required by your state—or you may not be certain about mandatory reporting and how it might apply to you in your role at a church or organization. Regardless, if you work with children, youth or vulnerable adults, it is your responsibility to know how […]

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What Would You Do?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

You’ve been leading a children’s Bible study via Zoom for months now. One of the children who is on the call periodically is someone you have known for about a year from your in-person work at the church. A parent drops her off but doesn’t stay for services, and you suspect she has a rough […]

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