Community of Christ

Special Circumstances Team

Child Protection - Special Circumstances Team

Referral to the Special Circumstances Team

The Special Circumstances Team meets to consider specific Registered Children and Youth Worker (RCYW) applications. These referrals come from local jurisdictional officers and typically do not meet the standards for registration (see below). The privilege of being a Registered Children and Youth Worker carries a sense of calling to minister to children and young people, an exemplary lifestyle, willingness to mentor through actions and words, and an understanding of boundaries in relationship with children and young people.

Some applicants may have an issue in their past that runs contrary to the above expectations but who could still be encouraged to apply to be an RCYW in certain situations. The Special Circumstances Team could be called upon to consider those applications.

Review by the Special Circumstances Team is appropriate for applicants who have:

  • Criminal conviction(s) other than child abuse.
  • Past incident(s) of inappropriate behavior, not rising to the level of criminal charges.
  • Past life choices and judgments not conducive to ministering or mentoring children and youth.
  • Received a previous suspension or revocation of their RCYW status.

Anyone who has been convicted of abuse against children or confessed to authorities of such a crime CANNOT be a Registered Children and Youth Worker in Community of Christ.

Applicants whose application has been referred to Special Circumstances Team will be required to submit additional documentation.  Information packets for Special Circumstances Team review should include:

  • A current Registered Children and Youth Worker application form that has been fully completed (no more than 6 months old)
  • A letter from the applicant outlining the circumstances of any prior incident/conviction and identifying healthy changes the person has made in his or her life since that time. 
  • A letter from a professional counselor, if applicable, evaluating whether the applicant is suited to work with children and youth.
  • Evidence of any positive involvement by the applicant in the congregation over an extended period of time.
  • Evidence of any positive involvement by the applicant in community life.
  • An objective evaluation of the applicant from the mission center president.

The team meets and considers all information produced and may call on the mission center president or other church officials to provide additional comments or request further documentation. The decision reached by the Special Circumstances Team will be communicated to the mission center president.

The Special Circumstances Team consists of:

  • A representative of the First Presidency
  • Risk manager
  • Field apostle or representative
  • General counsel
  • A representative of the Child Protection office


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