Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Abuse in the Church for Children and Youth

by Joy Thornburg Melton. Discipleship Resources, 2008.

This resource tackles the difficult topic of abuse and religious communities --- how to educate the congregation about abuse and how to respond to allegations.


sample forms, list of additional resources

Best For

clergy and lay leaders of any faith tradition


purchase as a book or e-book

Suggested Uses

  • Prevent abuse by educating the congregation on how to protect children, youth, and at-risk adults.
  • Learn how to respond to allegations of abuse by forming clear policies and focusing on accountability.

About the Contributor
Janet Hoover

Janet Hoover is a certified spiritual director in private practice and an American Baptist pastor. She graduated from the University of Indianapolis and earned her MDiv and DMin from Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis. 

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