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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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Defining Two-Deep Leadership

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

If you’ve seen or heard about the movie “Spotlight,” you know it’s about the Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe journalist team and its early-2000s expose of the clergy abuse cover-up in the Boston area and beyond. What it brings to the fore is the amount of unsupervised access that clergy had to children. Parents trusted church […]

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Bullying to the Next Level

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

When many people hear the word “hazing,” their minds often go straight to the college fraternity scenario. However, just as bullies aren’t limited to elementary school playgrounds, hazing isn’t limited to the university setting. Hazing happens at many different ages, in many different venues. Although it can be mistaken for bullying, hazing and the behaviors […]

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What Would You Do?

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Imagine this scenario: You volunteer with 5-year-olds in the children’s Sunday school program at your church. One of your co-volunteers, Doug, gives children a “swat” when they are acting up. You mentioned to him that it isn’t a great idea, but Doug says he is just doing what he does with his own kids. Should […]

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Safe Gatherings Tip

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Speaking of two-deep leadership, do you have at least two people in your church who are authorized to administer the Safe Gatherings system? In the Safe Gatherings system, one person is designated as administrator of the system. Typically, the person listed is the senior pastor. However, the senior pastor often does not have the time […]

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It’s January 12: Do You Know Where Your Resolutions Are?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

It’s nearly the middle of January, can you believe it? Now that you’ve recovered from your shock of realizing that January is quickly slipping through your fingers, we want to know: What are you doing for child protection this year? What specific measures are you implementing to protect those vulnerable populations: children, youth, and vulnerable […]

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Enjoy the Holidays, But Keep Others in Mind

Monday, December 28th, 2015

The holidays are a time of family, gatherings, and great joy for many. But for others, this time of year can bring about feelings of sadness and isolation. These feelings may be because of a recent tragedy or a memory from long ago, or there may be ongoing family troubles. There are many people across […]

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Stay Positive!

Friday, December 4th, 2015

Do you find that there are weeks when it seems as if there is nothing positive happening in the world? Weeks when the news, social media, and the headlines are filled hourly with updates about extremely terrible situations? This week’s mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., coupled with other natural disasters, violence, and abuse happening all over the world, made it […]

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