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    2021 Albany Post Road, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520                     914-271-4283
          

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the
Hudson Valley

Policy on Child Supervision
 
PURPOSE

It is the intention of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Briarcliff, Croton and Ossining to ensure the safety of our children and youth. Whether they are enrolled in our Religious Education program or not, we acknowledge our responsibility to set clear guidelines for our members and friends of all age groups, outlining appropriate behavior and circles of accountability.

GENERAL SUPERVISION GUIDELINES
  1. Children and youth shall be under the supervision of their parents or guardians at all times when they are not in class or in a Religious Education sponsored activity.
  2. There will always be two adults present with one or more child. R.E. teachers will have helping hands to ensure that adults are not left alone with children except under unusual and absolutely necessary circumstances.
  3. A parent/guardian should not drop a child off at the Fellowship and then leave unless a prior arrangement has been made with the DRE or another adult. This arrangement must include a means for contacting the parent or guardian in case of emergency.

MEETINGS WITH CHILDREN AND YOUTH
  1. Meetings with children/youth that are not held by the minister or DRE shall include at least two adults. If such a meeting is necessary, the parents shall be informed.
  2. If an adult (other than a parent/guardian) has a private on-site, one-on-one meeting with a child/youth, the DRE or minister shall be immediately notified of the meeting and its purpose. Such meetings are strongly discouraged, but if they occur, they shall be conducted in a room with a window or open door. At off-site congregation-sponsored events, no adult (other than the parent/guardian) shall be alone with a child/youth without prior parental arrangement.
  3. The minister or DRE counseling children or youth shall inform each other of the meeting and the name of the counseled. Advanced scheduling is strongly encouraged, but notice immediately after counseling is permissible if prior notice is impossible. Standard rules of ministerial confidentiality will be respected. Parents shall be informed of the meeting, again respecting rules of confidentiality, unless it is deemed that to do so would endanger the child or youth.

IMPLEMENTATION/ENFORCEMENT
It is expected that all adults will be aware of the safety of our children. Any violations of this policy must be brought to the attention of the DRE, Board of Trustees, or Minister as soon as possible.

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