A primary concern to Community of Christ is protecting children throughout the worldwide fellowship of the church and ensuring they have the basic human rights to which they are entitled. Cultural influences may affect how we process our child protection policy, but it is our ultimate aim to protect all children and young people in our care.
Since the 1980s faith communities have experienced more and more allegations of abuse. Statistically child abuse is part of our church. As such it must be approached professionally and in all seriousness, with a rigor that should not be undermined or compromised. Standards must be in place within Community of Christ to protect ministry from allegations and the institution from legal action.
Even more important is ensuring that children who come through our doors are safe. We must approach these matters with a compassion that expresses God’s love and allows healing in ways we have yet to explore.