Safer Sanctuaries Online Guide

Nurturing Trust within Faith Communities

Since 1998, Safe Sanctuaries™ resources have been a trusted source of guidance for churches and other affiliated institutions as they work to reduce the risk of abuse in their communities through proven policies and practices. A changing world, however, requires a constant renewal of these trusted strategies along with new and updated approaches to the work of preventing abuse. Safer Sanctuaries: Nurturing Trust within Faith Communities builds on the strong foundation of past resources while also inspiring and preparing churches for the work of the future.

For many churches and related organizations, creating a Safe Sanctuaries policy can be a complex and overwhelming process. The Safer Sanctuaries Online Guide serves as a companion for your team as they work through the process of developing and implementing a Safe Sanctuaries policy.

Designed to work alongside the Safer Sanctuaries manual, the Online Guide supplements each section of the manual with video, reflection questions, and scenarios designed to deepen your understanding for successful implementation. The Online Guide will encourage and motivate your team to move from understanding the need for a Safe Sanctuaries policy to the creation of a policy unique to your setting.

Continue the work of building safer sanctuaries with the Safer Sanctuaries Online Guide.

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Writing Team for Safer Sanctuaries
Writing Team for Safer Sanctuaries

The writing team for Safer Sanctuaries: Nurturing Trust within Faith Communities includes Bishop Peggy Johnson, Angela Schaffner, Bonnie L. Bevers, Leanne Hadley, Brittany Sky, Kelly Peterson, Lynn Swedberg, Robyn Arab, Derrick Scott III, Jessica Gamaché, Lynn Caterson, Chris Wilterdink, Kevin Johnson, and Truman Brooks.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I start using the Online Guide?
The Online Guide can be used when you are ready to begin and will remain open indefinitely. It’s self-paced, so you can decide when to start and when to finish.
How long do I have access to the Online Guide?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this Online Guide for as long as you like—across any and all devices you own. We’ll give you plenty of notice should we need to close or relocate this resource.
What if I am unsatisfied with my purchase?
If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
Who sponsors this resource?
This resource is brought to you by The Upper Room.

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