Fueled by a passion for protecting vulnerable populations, we created an online tool to streamline the process and make it easier for the Conference and the churches they serve—and in doing so launched Safe Gatherings. After a year of enhancing the original system, Safe Gatherings began expanding to other United Methodist churches and conferences, and then to additional denominations—now serving more than 3,400 churches and organizations across 30 states.

 

MISSION

Screen and educate staff and volunteers to help prevent abuse of children, youth, and vulnerable adults.

Turn on the news or pick up a newspaper and you will see churches, schools, and other organizations lambasted in the press for abuse scandals. We believe that all organizations can do better, and we are here to provide an effective but simple process to provide additional protection. When staff and volunteers go through several levels of background checks, reference checks, and comprehensive abuse prevention training, they know better — what to do, what to look for, and how to protect those they serve.

 

VISION

A world in which all children, youth, and vulnerable adults are protected and feel safe.

A lofty goal, some might say, but we hope you agree that this vision cannot be realized without all of us working together. Our ultimate goal is that all organizations, small and large, will take the steps to provide safer environments. It’s a win-win, and those who will gain the most are the most vulnerable among us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parents want to know their children are safe wherever they are: at church, at a community activity, or at school. Part of that sense of security means knowing that the volunteers and staff working with children have been properly vetted.

 

The Safe Gatherings system is comprehensive – integrating abuse prevention and boundary awareness training with background checks and reference checks for all of your staff and volunteers working directly with children, youth, and vulnerable adults.