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Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from the staff at Safe Gatherings!

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Caring for the Elderly

Friday, November 13th, 2015

We must keep a watchful eye out for the elderly in our churches and communities, as many of them are not able to advocate for themselves. Here is an interesting article about the topic, which is not spoken about often enough!

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Safe Gatherings Tip

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Admins—You’ve probably noticed that we’ve updated our website and expanded our focus. In addition to churches, we now serve schools, school districts, and other organizations that serve children and youth. Because of this change, we want to make sure your users know that when they register with Safe Gatherings, they will be given several options […]

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Are You Falling Through the Generation Gap?

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Churches are designed to welcome all sorts of people, from the youngest child in the nursery to the oldest congregant. In between, your church has staff members and volunteers of all ages, and that’s great! This age diversity, though, can be accompanied by communication challenges. Older members may speak of times where it was common […]

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On a Mission

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

This past June, a federal jury convicted Matthew Lane Durham, a 20-year-old, of illicit conduct with children at a Kenyan orphanage that specializes in caring for neglected children. The Edmond, Okla., resident had served as a volunteer at the Upendo Children’s Home in Nairobi since 2012. He was convicted on charges involving girls ranging from […]

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What Would You Do?

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Imagine this scenario: You are a volunteer in the tweens group at your church. Julia is a 12-year-old girl who is in a wheelchair and requires assistance with bathroom activity. Your group is short-staffed, so you are sent alone to help her use the restroom. Is this acceptable? The answer is NO. Remember the two-person rule? […]

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October is Bullying Prevention Month: 5 Responses to Bullying Behavior

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Whether you are 25 or 65, you can probably remember a time when you were bullied or you witnessed someone being bullied. It’s an ugly part of society; nevertheless, it does happen quite frequently. In fact, some research shows that 90 percent of children in grades 4 to 8 report they have been bullied at […]

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Something Doesn’t Seem Right: 12 Tips for Responding to Abuse

Friday, September 25th, 2015

If you work with children in a church, school, or other organization, you should be alert to unusual changes in a child’s behavior or moods. Recognizing and responding to abuse is part of our role as leaders—whether as clergy, teachers, staff, or volunteers—and we should be ready to take action if we have concerns about […]

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Safe Gatherings Launches new Website

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Safe Gatherings, which provides a comprehensive online system for abuse prevention, has relaunched its website, unveiling a new logo and exciting news about its updated offerings. “For several years, we have focused on serving churches across the country, but our vision was always to help prevent abuse anywhere it can happen,” says Sharon Holt, president […]

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What Would You Do?

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Imagine this scenario: You are a volunteer at a camp that your church sponsors every summer. There is a historic school on the grounds of the campsite, and the campers are gathered there listening to a character talk about what school was like in the 1800s. During the presentation, a child indicates to you that […]

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Defining Elder Abuse

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Working or volunteering in a church means you are exposed to people of all ages. Although many abuse stories are focused on children, it’s important to remember the older generations in our congregations. Elder abuse is a very real problem, and it affects seniors of all ages and backgrounds. Elder abuse refers to any knowing, […]

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6 Ways to Control Your Temper

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

It’s been a tough week at work, you aren’t making any progress and projects are piling up … or maybe you argued with your spouse before you came into church this morning. We all get mad once in awhile. Anger can be a normal, healthy emotion or a response to a threat when we are […]

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