Safeguarding Our children

Keeping kids safe from abuse is a high priority at Shepherd of the Hills. Safeguarding Our Children (SOC) is a collection of policies, procedures and education that reduces the risk of child sexual abuse. SOC has a screening component that requires a formal application, background check and references for all paid staff and volunteers who work with kids. It has an education component that helps people understand abuse, reporting procedures, and the behavioral profile of pedophiles. There is also a supervisory component that establishes guidelines for maintaining two adults at all youth activities and creating a culture of awareness and watchfulness among all adults at Shepherd. Everyone who works with minors at Shepherd is required to update his/her SOC requirements annually.