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St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church Safe Church Guidelines
Equipping Christ’s Disciples to Love, to Grow and to Serve
Fall 2013 

Through our Baptism and the vows we make in the Baptismal Covenant, we have promised to “persevere in resisting evil, and whenever [we] fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord,” and to “seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving [our] neighbor as [our]self” and “to respect the dignity of every human being.” 

St. Martin’s follows to the fullest extent the Safe Church Guidelines as outlined by the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina’s Safe Church Policy Manual to the fullest extent.  

Below is a summary of those and what they mean for our church and our practices.  

Our goals are: 

1. Prevention - To do all in our power to protect all in our care, particularly our children and teenagers, from any form of abuse. 

2. Prompt Response - To respond promptly and appropriately to complaints in order to prevent further damage. 

3. Reasoned Response - To give every allegation of abuse or sexual misconduct serious and thoughtful consideration and to provide a reasoned response as the circumstances dictate. 

4. Uniform Procedures - To establish uniform procedures to address allegations of abuse or sexual misconduct and to apply them consistently. 

Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina Policies

Accordingly, the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina has established a series of explicit  policies regarding sexual misconduct. All church workers, lay and ordained, paid and unpaid, are responsible for knowing and following these Diocesan policies. They may be found here.  

Other requirements recommended by the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina

Additional St. Martin’s youth worker guidelines 

St. Martin’s also follows additional guidelines specific to the needs of this parish, including numbers of adults required to be present for events and classroom ratios for the state of South Carolina. These guidelines were researched, revised and adopted in 2013 by a special committee of children and youth workers from St. Martin’s. In the same year, these policies were reviewed and approved by the St. Martin’s clergy, vestry and staff. They may be found here.   

Parents, teachers and guardians have responsibilities, too. 

As a parent, guardian or church teacher, certain things are expected from you as well, including ensuring your child safely arrives at a church event and is safely picked up afterwards. Children not attending an event with teachers or caretakers should be under the supervision of their parents at all times. Read here for more information about your responsibilities as a parent/guardian.