United Methodist Church of Thousand Oaks
Thursday, October 27, 2016

Safe Sanctuaries


UMCTO has created the Safe Sanctuaries Policy to ensure that our church campus is a holy place of safety and sanctuary and a loving community of faith in which children and youth can enjoy the wonderful freedom, serious joy, and fullness that God has bestowed upon us. They ensure protection of our children by appointing qualified employees and volunteers to educate and care for our children and youth.

*       UMCTO’s purpose for establishing a Child Abuse Prevention Policy is to establish our unwavering commitment to the physical safety and spiritual growth for children and youth.

*       UMCTO categorically opposes ANY form of child abuse. Further, we proactively engage in efforts to protect children and youth in our care to assure that this church and its activities are places of safety and nurture.

*       Children are gifts from God to the entire Christian community. Therefore, when a child suffers, the entire community suffers. When Jesus invited the children to “come to me,” (Matt. 9:14) He was indicating that they, the most vulnerable, should be protected.

*       Child abuse is both a violation of Christian hospitality and illegal.

To View Our Safe Sanctuary Policy: CLICK HERE


For Volunteers:

Safe Sanctuaries training AND an annual refresher quiz is required for all staff and volunteers working with children and/or youth at UMCTO.

*  Safe Sanctuaries Training PowerPoint

      (for those who have previously attended the UMCTO Safe Sanctuaries training session)



*  Safe Sanctuaries Refresher Quiz

      Once you have watched the above PowerPoint, print the quiz, complete it and turn it into the church       office.  Please return the quiz in person or via mail to the office marked "Safe Sanctuaries.”



Having trouble viewing, downloading, or printing?

Paper copies of the quiz and PowerPoint can be obtained from the church office.

If you have any questions, contact Diana Rainer, Safe Sanctuaries Administrator at (805) 495-7215 ext 303, or email her at diana.rainer@umcto.org.