Safe Environments For AllResources & News
The DSC is committed to the highest levels of integrity. Our call to “do no harm” is taken very seriously. If you are aware of any criminal incidents, issues, or concerns regarding the churches of the DSC, please consider reporting them to the Conference or the UMC. Click here to download a copy of the newly updated Safe Sanctuaries policy and click here to download the Full Inclusivity policy statement for Camp and Retreat Ministries of the Desert Southwest Conference.
Safe Gatherings includes online abuse prevention training, background checks, and paperless reference checks for people who volunteer or work with children, youth, and vulnerable adults. Once completed, the background check and training are good for three years because Safe Gatherings will continue to monitor the individual’s clearance. The administrating church is notified if a person fails subsequent background checks during the three years.
Training & Background Check
The Desert Southwest Conference set up accounts for all our churches. The $45 for an individual’s training and background checks is paid for at the local church level.
Additional Safety Resources
Protecting the Greater Good
We offer a wealth of information to help organizations stay safe. Information about armed intruders and emergency response planning is available at churchmutual.com under “Trending Topics.” Here are quick links to relevant content.
Report criminal activities such as financial fraud or sexual abuse in our churches through an anonymous 24-hour hotline. 1-855-FRAUD-HL or www.FRAUDHL.com/submit-a-report. The company ID, DSCUMC, is required when you make a report as well as the church’s name or pastor’s name and city or state.
Human Trafficking Awareness
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month. Pastors and laity, let’s intercept the traffickers and reverse the momentum. Resources and action items are available for your church for the whole month of January.
- Click here to download and distribute this two-sided bulletin insert.
- Share the information on Social Media and other networks.
- Respond in at least one way available through the resources on the insert.
If you suspect human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.
- Click here to learn about this topic, strategies to eradicate sexual harassment, and resolutions adopted.
- Information on state laws, flyers, and overview for how to get started.
- Comprehensive resources for the complaint process.
- Curriculum on sexual misconduct in the church and understanding the role of power.
- Click here to download the UMC Sexual Ethics poster.
- Do no harm video series.
Ministry Safety News
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Life-changing children and youth ministry begins by equipping those who serve for success by ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all participants. Find the updated Safe Sanctuary policy and take advantage of Safe Gatherings in your ministry settings today!
Stewardship comes in many forms. Stewardship can be how we care for our church facilities; it can involve giving campaigns and practices. Stewardship can also include making sure our churches and church events are safe places for all people.
From the time they were born, George and I raised our daughters in the church. We wanted to raise them to have hearts open to all people. We struggled though, with how to raise them to seek the best in all people and be safe for we knew there were people who would use their trust to harm them.
Courtesy of Church Mutual Insurance Company In the wake of Sunday’s tragedy in Sutherland Springs, Texas, many of you may be looking for information to help make your facilities safer. At Church Mutual, your safety is our concern as well. We offer a wealth of...
January is National Human Trafficking Awareness month. Pastors and laity, let’s intercept the traffickers and reverse the momentum. Resources and action items are available for your church for the whole month. Step 1: Download and distribute the bulletin insert…
Resolution on Safe Sanctuaries
WHEREAS Christians and United Methodists, we are concerned for the care and well being of the children and youth in our care. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Annual Conference approve guidelines for Safe Sanctuaries for all Conference events. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that every church in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference approve guidelines for Safe Sanctuaries in the local church. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Desert Southwest Annual Conference guideline approved by Covenant Council, 3-8-08, be used as a model. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that every church in the Desert Southwest Annual Conference shall have a Safe Sanctuaries policy in place by June 1, 2009.”