Responding to Child Abuse in Church | FamiliesFirst for MS

Responding to Child Abuse in the Church

Targeted Audience: Pastors, Sunday School Teachers, Children and Youth Ministers, social workers, law enforcement, chaplains, parents, foster parents, community leaders, faith leaders. 

"Jane" was raped at the age of 12 by her cousin. She wanted to be a virgin when she got married... she wants to know if she is still a virgin in God's eyes and if God is mad at her? Is He punishing her for being a sinner? These are not questions a mental health or medical professional can answer. Where can Jane get these questions answered? 


Most convicted sexual perpetrators say they are "religious." Many attend church after they have been convicted of their offense. What are your churches policies on what to do when a convicted or an accused sex offender walks in the door? Do you even have policies for these types of situations?


14-year-old "Jason" sexually fondles 10-year-old "Jack" at a vacation bible school activity. What is the best way to handle this situation? Should a mandated report be made to the child abuse hotline? If so, who is responsible for making the report? How do you address this issue with both families? What are your protocols to ensure this does not happen again? Can Jason continue to participate in church activities?


A mother of 3 children attends your church and the children always look disheveled, seem hungry and always have unexplained bruises. One of them tells her Sunday School teacher that her dad drinks alot and whips them while mom takes medicine that makes her sleep because she is in a lot of pain. Is this child abuse? 


Chaplains for Children is a FREE training for faith and community leaders to learn about child abuse and neglect and its impact on children and their families.You'll receive helpful tips and suggestions on how to protect children in your programs, as well as how to respond in a trauma informed way, within the law, when something does happen. 


Topics include: child abuse mandated reporting laws in Mississippi, how abuse affects a victim's faith and spirituality, understanding the impact of trauma on children, recognizing and responding to sexual offenses committed by other children, research on perpetrators and their interest in churches and its children's programs. 

4 convenient locations and dates for the training

2-day Training - 8:00-5:00

Southaven - SouthPoint Church July 16-17, 2018

Meridian - United Methodist Church District Office, July 19-20

Hattiesburg - Main Street Baptist Church, July 30-31


1 Day Advanced Training (for those who have attended the 2-day training 8:00 - 5:00

Jackson - Belhaven University, August 3, 2018

© FFFM is a service provided by Mississippi Community Education Center & Family Resource Center of North Mississippi

Mississippi Community Education Center

2525 Lakeward Dr. Suite 200

Jackson, Mississippi 39216

O: (601) 366-6405

Family Resource Center of North Mississippi

425 Magazine St.

Tupelo, MS 38804

O: (662) 844-0013

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