Nearly 40 years ago, 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared from his SoHo neighborhood in New York City. He went missing on his way to a school bus stop in May 1979 and was never seen again. He was one of the first missing children to appear on a milk carton.

This month, the case was put to rest when Pedro Hernandez, a 56-year-old convenience store clerk from the boy’s neighborhood, was convicted of killing Etan.

Each case of child abuse, whether solved or unsolved, is a tragedy. In this case, the abuser may have been a stranger to the boy. But 90% of children who are abused know their abuser.

What does this mean for those who manage risk in a church, school, or organization? Each person who volunteers or works with children and youth should be screened and trained.

Safe Gatherings makes this process easy. Our comprehensive system includes:

  • 1.5-hour online abuse prevention training
  • Electronic reference submission, evaluation, and processing
  • Managed applicant review and administration
  • Administrative tracking and reporting
  • National, state, and county background checks and offender registry checks

Establish best practices for your church, school, or organization—and give your staff and volunteers the tools they need to fight abuse.

Call us at 888.241.8258 for a demo!