Resources for Developing Policies to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

Audage, S.J. (2007). Preventing Child Sexual Abuse Within Youth-Serving Organizations. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, available at

Vieth, V.I. (2011). “Suffer the Children: Developing Effective Church Policies on Child Maltreatment,” Jacob’s Hope, 2:1, available at

Darkness to Light. At-home training, available at k.3D5F/Child_Sexual_Abuse_Prevention_Training_ ONLINE.htm. ($10)

Haffner, D. Balancing Acts: Keeping Children Safe in Congregations. Conversation about policies developed in a Unitarian congregation. Available at

The Child Welfare Information Gateway has information summarizing the laws for each state on issues of mandatory reporting, clergy-penitent privilege in abuse cases, definitions of abuse, where to call to report abuse, and more. Available at

Prevent Child Abuse NY has tip sheets for parents and kids, but is not specific to organizations or developing policies. Available at


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