Chapter 4 Child Abuse and Neglect 101

Child Welfare Information Gateway

National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, Public Health Agency of Canada

Convention on the Rights of the Child from the United Nations


Chapter 8 Risk and Protective Factors

National Domestic Violence Hotline (U.S.)

Shelternet (Canada)

Religion and Violence e-Learning (Rave) project (Canada)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (U.S.)

Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse


Appendix 1 Parenting Curricula

Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP)  info from MCC 

Active Parenting

Common Sense Parenting 

Effective Black Parenting 

Nurturing Parenting Program

Parenting with Love and Logic (Becoming a Love and Logic Parent)


Appendix 3 Faith Denominational Statements and Resources on Child/Sexual Abuse

American Baptist Church, Resolution Against Sexual Exploitation of Children

The Anglican Church of Canada, Sexual Misconduct Policy Applicable to National Staff and Volunteers

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops


Christian Reformed Church in North America, Safe Church - Child Safety

Church of the Brethren, Child Protection

Church of the Nazarene, Child Safety Protection Guidelines

The Episcopal Church, Model Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse

Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, An ELCA Strategy for Responding to Sexual Abuse in the Church  Called to be a safe place

Friends General Conference (of the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)

Mennonite Brethren (Canadian Conference), Executive Board Clarifies Position on Sexual Abuse

Mennonite Church Canada, Volunteer Screening for a Safe Church  Volunteer Screening Policy and Procedures Manual

Mennonite Church USA, And No One Shall Make Them Afraid (1997)  Resolution Against Interpersonal Abuse (1992)  Resolution on Male Violence Against Women (1993)  Denominational Ministry Packet on Sexual Misconduct (2000)

Presbyterian Church USA, Creating Safe Churches - Addressing Sexual Misconduct   We Won't Let It Happen Here! Preventing Child Abuse in the Church

Southern Baptist Convention, On Protecting Children From Abuse

Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of England: Sample Child Protection Policy

The United Church of Canada, Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response Policy and Procedures

Unitarian Universalist, Balancing Acts - Keeping Children Safe in Congregations

United Church of Christ, Making Our Churches Safe

United Methodist Church, Safe Sanctuaries - Protecting Our Children and Youth  Violence Against Women and Children; Sexual Ethics NEW

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People


Brotherhood Mutual

Church Mutual

Guide One


Appendix 8 Frequently Asked Questions on Background Checks (U.S.)

United States Department of Justice, National Sex Offender Website

Sex Offender

Criminal Searches

National Alert Registry

Family Watch Dog

Sexual Offenders


For further reading

Abuse: Response and Prevention. A Guide for Church Leaders. Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), 2008.

Bless Our Children: Preventing Sexual Abuse. [DVD]. Faith Trust Initiative, 1993.

Child Maltreatment 2008. Child Welfare Information Gateway. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau, 2010.

Child Poverty in Perspective: An Overview of Child Well-Being in Rich Countries, UNICEF, Innocenti Research Centre, Report Card 7, 2007.

Circle of Grace, Archdiocese of Omaha.

Convention on the Rights of the Child, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1989. General Assembly resolution 44/25.

Cunningham, Alison, and Baker, Linda. Little Eyes, Little Ears: How Violence Against a Mother Shapes Children as They Grow. The Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, Public Health Agency of Canada, 2007.

Dealing with Child Abuse. Close to Home. Scottdale, Pa.: Faith & Life Resources, n.d.

Hear Their Cries: Religious Responses to Child Abuse. [DVD]. Faith Trust Institute, n.d.

Heggen, Carolyn H. Sexual Abuse in Christian Homes and Churches. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1993.

Hille, Sue. "The rod of guidance." SCAN Advocate, 1985.

Melton, Joy Thornburg. Safe Sanctuaries for Children and Youth: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church. Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2004.

Melton, Joy Thornburg. Safe Sanctuaries for Ministers: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church. Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2009.

Miller, Melissa A. Family Violence: The Compassionate Church Responds. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1994.

Moccia, Patricia , & Anthony, David (Eds.). The State of the World's Children, UNICEF, 2009.

O'Neill, Erin M. O., Huckins, Stephanie, Gable, Jodi, & Harder, Jeanette. Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Through Church and Social Service Collaboration, Social Work & Christianity, in print.  

Reid, Kathy Goering. Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A Curriculum for Children Ages Five Through Eight. Nashville, Tn.: Pilgrim Press, 1994.

Reid, Kathy Goering. Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: A Curriculum for Children Ages Nine Through Twelve. Cleveland, Oh.: Pilgrim Press, 1990.

Swagman, Beth. Preventing Child Abuse. Grand Rapids, Mich.: CRC Publications, 1997.

Trocmé, Nico, Fallon, Barbara, MacLaurin, Bruce, Daciuk, Joanne, Felstiner, Caroline, Black, Tara, Tonmyr, Lil, Blackstock, Cindy, Barter, Ken, Turcotte, Daniel, & Cloutier, Richard. Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2003 (CIS-2003). Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada, 2005.

World Perspectives on Child Abuse; An International Resource Book, 9th ed.International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, 2010.


Helpful Organizations

Anabaptist Disabilities Network

Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare League of America

Circles of Support and Accountability: U.S. Canada

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)

Darkness to Light

Faith Trust Institute

FRIENDS, National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention

Healthy Families America

Mennonite Central Committee - Abuse: Response and Prevention

National Children's Alliance (Children's Advocacy Centers)

National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, Public Health Agency of Canada

National Exchange Club Foundation

Parents Anonymous

Prevent Child Abuse America

Religion and Violence eLearning (RAVE)

Safe Sanctuaries

Statistics Canada

Tamar's Voice