You will find on this page summary information on children and youth safety practices in our Faith Development Program. To navigate to the UU Santa Fe Family Ministry content, click here.
Our Children and Youth Safety Practices
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Congregational Safety Policy Highlights
It is the responsibility of the entire congregation, in partnership with staff and parents, to create and maintain a safe environment that supports the growth and welfare of children and youth in our church programs. The safety of our children in our care is of utmost importance.
- Policy. We comply with a Congregational Safety Policy, which covers physical safety and prevention of child abuse and harassment.
- Volunteer Screening. We conduct and maintain child welfare and criminal background checks on all volunteers with unsupervised access to our children and youth.
- Training & Education. We annually train our teaching volunteers regarding physical and child abuse safety.
- At least two adults, including nursery care workers, are required to be present in each classroom on Sunday mornings and during any church-related activity involving children or youth when not under the parent's supervision.
- There must be at least one caregiver for every four toddlers in the Nursery. Parents will be asked to volunteer to stay in the nursery to meet this ratio if needed.
- Parenting-adult permission slips are required anytime children or youth leave church property for a church-sponsored event at another location.
- We require that those who volunteer with children and youth be members or friends known to us for at least one year.
- We require that all drivers for church sponsored activities be 25 or over.
- We require that those who drive for field trips provide a seat belt for each passenger and also provide insurance information to be kept on file.