Sexual Abuse Prevention

Sexual Abuse Prevention

Insurance Board understands sexual abuse can harm its victims, destroy trust in the church community and result in costly, destructive liability issues for the church and its ministry. Insurance Board offers tools, classes, webinars, seminars and insurance programs that proactively educate, train and enable your church community to proactively tackle sexual abuse.

What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims not able to give consent. No matter where it happens, it is a crime against its victims, who can be any age. Every church community is populated by small groups, activities, clubs, volunteer programs and ministries – all who need to be taught how to recognize sexual abuse and harassment. The perpetrator is responsible for his or her acts, but the employer or church where it takes place may also be liable. Insurance Board offers resources to prevent sexual abuse and to protect employees and congregations – webinars, training and Insurance Board’s exclusive SafeConduct™ Workbench. This proprietary, proven method of protection begins with a self-assessment that helps create a customized approach to protecting the specific needs of your church, programs, congregation and ministry.

Preventing Sexual Abuse 

Sexual abuse prevention serves two great purposes. Most importantly, it keeps congregants safe. It also preserves the congregation and the church itself from suffering from the risks of liability. Insurance Board offers smart resources for preventing sexual abuse, including providing free or inexpensive background checks on church staff and volunteers. Our Loss Control Webinars include best practices for recognizing sex offenders and preventing sexual abuse in the school environment. Insurance Board also offers a 24-hour anonymous hotline to report suspicion of sexual abuse, plus Armatus Online Training that trains users how to prevent, detect and report sexual harassment and other ways to keep the church and its congregants safer. These programs include free courses that teach how to detect molesters, examination of peer pressure and sexual behavior in adolescents, keeping kids at camp safe, and how to make social media safer for users of all ages – especially youngsters.

Handling Sexual Misconduct

What is your church’s policy for handling reports of abuse and sexual misconduct? Without a policy, such difficult moments can be made more confusing – or worse. Understanding what to do with a comprehensive plan is the first step for church leadership to adopt. Insurance Board provides free resources to help you formulate a policy and response plan that includes what to do immediately, how to record information, who to call, what to say (and what not to say). While the focus of the congregation policy should be on protecting children, it is also helpful to be aware of the impact of abuse on all others affected by allegations of abuse. Open communication, awareness of threats and a firm policy will strengthen your congregation to be able to respond swiftly and with unity if and when sexual misconduct occurs.

Liability Insurance

We understand your ministry. Our services will help it continue. You are entrusted with the well-being and security of your congregation, plus the financial future of your church. Who you choose to help you manage that risk and prevent loss may be one of the most important decisions you make. Insurance Board liability insurance coverage includes:

  • General liability
  • Abusive acts/sexual misconduct liability
  • Pastoral & counseling liability
  • Hired & non-owned auto liability
  • Directors & officers liability
  • Employment-related practices liabilities such as sexual harassment, wrongful termination, and discrimination

Insurance Board is here to help you serve your ministry.

You are entrusted with the well-being and security of your congregation plus the financial future of your church. Who you choose to help you manage that risk and prevent loss may be one of the most important decisions you make. Tell us how we can help you serve your ministry better.

Learn More About Church Safety from Our Safety Resources

You can stay up-to-date on the latest safety resources and best practices by subscribing to our newsletter The Steward. You can also attend the live and interactive webinars on current topics.

Church Property

Learn about important building issues, including insurance, property valuation and inspection with an emphasis on planning and budgeting.

READ MORE

Church Transportation

Protection for vehicles owned or borrowed and drivers operating any vehicle on behalf of your church. Learn about safety, driver selection, vehicle maintenance and more.

READ MORE

Youth Activity

Make safer your day care, Sunday school, trips, playgrounds and camp activities. Fundamentals of sexual abuse prevention are also addressed here.

READ MORE

Church Management

Manage your church’s ministries, assets and reputation. Collectively or by committee you have management responsibilities every bit as serious as an equivalent local business owner.

READ MORE

SafeConduct™ Workbench

Exclusively for Insurance Board members, our SafeConduct™ Workbench and other programs provide tools to cultivate responsible leadership and prevent sexual abuse and bullying.

READ MORE

Insurance Board Services

Including background checking, property appraisal, sexual abuse prevention training, claim advocacy, informative publications, interactive webinars and other valuable resources.

READ MORE

We are ready to assist you in any way

Insurance Board agents are exclusively appointed because of their understanding of, and compassion for, the churches we serve. Contact one today!