Protecting Our Children
Effective July 1, 2012, a new mandated reporter law for Georgia was implemented. Those required by law to report child abuse reads as follows:<br/>Effective July 1, 2012, a new mandated reporter law for Georgia was implemented. Those required by law to report child abuse reads as follows:
‘“Child service organization personnel” means person employed by or volunteering at a business or an organization, whether public, private, for profit, not for profit, or voluntary, that provides care, treatment, education, training, supervision, coaching, counseling, recreational programs, or shelter to children’.
A Criminal History Consent form is required for submission by all employed staff members and supervisory volunteers. This will be updated every three years.
All employed staff and supervisory volunteers shall attend a child abuse awareness training session within 90 days of their first day of service. If there is not a training session scheduled within this time frame, a training video will be provided in the interim.
Each employed staff member and volunteer will receive a copy of this policy and are required to sign a statement certifying receipt. Record of abuse training and signed statement will be kept on file in the administrative office.
B. What is Abuse?
“A child whose physical or mental health or welfare is harmed or threatened with harm by acts or omissions of his/her parent or other person responsible for his/her welfare.”
Types of Child Abuse
Generally, child abuse is categorized in four primary forms:
Should an adult in charge suspect abuse the following procedures shall apply for reporting the alleged abuse:
The adult in charge should make an oral report directly to the designated staff employee immediately.
I understand that once the report is verbally given to the designated staff employee, my obligations as required by Georgia Law have been fulfilled.
Sign and date the following statement indicating that you have been fully informed by First Baptist Church Woodstock of the Georgian Child Abuse Mandate Law:
I understand it is Georgia Law that I must make a report anytime I have reasonable cause to believe a child is being abused.
Please refrain from discussing any concerns about potential abuse with other staff, workers, or parents. To make a report, or if you have any questions whether a report should be made, you should contact, Denise Kissee or Abbey Bradley. Applicant Statement
The information contained in this application is correct to the best of my knowledge. I authorize any reference or church listed in this application to give you any information (including opinions) that they may have regarding my character and fitness for children's work. In consideration of the receipt and evaluation of this application by First Baptist Woodstock located at 11905 Hwy. 92, Woodstock, GA (referred to herein as First Baptist Woodstock); I hereby release any individual, church, youth organization, charity, employer, reference or any other person or organization, including recognized custodians, both, collectively and individually, from any and all liability damages of whatever kind or nature which may at any time result to me, my heirs or my family, on account of compliance or any attempts to comply with this authorization. I waive any right that I may have to inspect any information provided about me by any person or organization identified by me in this application. Should my application be accepted, I agree to be bound by the Bylaws and policies of this First Baptist Woodstock and to refrain from unscriptural conduct in the performance of my services on behalf of the church. I further state that I HAVE CAREFULLY READ THE FOREGOING RELEASE AND KNOW THE CONTENT THEREOF, AND I SIGN THIS RELEASE AS MY OWN FREE ACT. This is legally binding agreement, which I have read and understand.
Applicant Acknowledgement (Required) Select One I Agree I Do Not Agree
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Additional Questions Have you ever participated in, been accused of, plead guilty/no contest to, or been convicted of child abuse, molestation, or any improper conduct involving a minor? (Required) Select One Yes No Are you aware of any traits or tendencies you possess that could pose any threat to children or youth? (Required) Select One Yes No Have you ever been a victim of any form of child abuse, even as a minor (or under age 18)? (Required) Select One Yes No Have you ever been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a crime? (Required) Select One Yes No If yes, please explain. (Required) Were you a victim of abuse or molestation while a minor? (If you prefer, you may refuse to answer this question, or you may discuss your answer in confidence with one of the ministers rather than answering it on this form. Answering yes or leaving the question unanswered will not automatically disqualify an applicant for children or youth work). (Required) Select One Yes No I'd prefer not to answer