October 15, 2012

Religious Establishments

Policy and Procedure Development for Religious Establishments

Michelle Peterson Consulting (MPC) has worked with religious organizations and institutions throughout Colorado and can help your organization develop clear guidelines and expectations for all clergy, administrators, teachers, chaperons, parishioners and other parish members.  Our policy and procedure documents outline abuse or misconduct prevention strategies, appropriate behavior for all organization members and effective response to concerns.

Whether it be a mission trip or a small group setting, where tough topics are talked about, MPC can help your organization set clear guidelines and protocol about behavior for participants and leaders.  MPC has many satisfied clients and our client list growing.  We hope you can be one of our next clients and keep your organization safe.

The following is a sample of topics that will be covered:

  • Analysis of Current Policy and Procedures Around Abuse Prevention:  We will review your current policies and procedures around abuse prevention.
  • Develop Code of Conduct (COC):  We will develop a code of conduct that emphasizes the importance of safety and welfare of its members.
  • Develop Individual Codes of Conduct (COC):  We will develop clear guidelines for all members and stakeholders to encourage high standard for safety and appropriate behavior to reduce the risk of abuse.  This COC can address clergy, administrators, teachers, chaperons, parishioners and other members.
  • Safe Social Media Guidelines: Social media is a popular communication tool for many organizations but it can also be a place where abuse and misconduct can occur. We develop guidelines for appropriate use to help minimize potential problems.
  • Bullying Definition and Prevention Guidelines: Guidelines for a safe and non-threatening environment for all members of the organization.
  • One on One Guidelines: When a one on one situation is necessary it is important for all parties to have clear guidelines for appropriate behavior.
  • Travel Guidelines: Overnight travel can create additional dynamics that can lead to abuse or misconduct. These guidelines are necessary for all members’ safety and to reduce risk for the organization.
  • How to Report and Respond to Abuse and Misconduct: Even if policy and procedures are in place, an organization has the responsibility to report and respond immediately and effectively to misconduct or allegations of abuse. How you respond can have potential effects on the investigation, the alleged victim, your members and the organization.
  • Hiring Guidelines: As good practice and to prevent unsuitable people from working with children, it is important that all reasonable steps are taken to protect the organization and its members.