Providing for proper monitoring and supervision of programs and activities involving Pastoral Relationships is a crucial component for safeguarding adults from sexual exploitation.
Monitoring and supervision should include, but are not limited to:
1. Maintaining an up to date list of approved people who have Pastoral Relationships in the church office or other place where church records are kept.
2. Requiring that all new activities that include Pastoral Relationships have the approval of the rector or canonical equivalent before they start. Requests to develop new activities should be submitted in writing to the rector. The rector will consider whether the plan for a new activity includes adequate monitoring and supervision.
3. Requiring that all persons who have Pastoral Relationships be approved to do so by the rector or canonical equivalent in accordance with the Screening and Selection process above.
4. Settings where Pastoral Relationships take place:
• should, whenever possible, be places where casual monitoring by others is convenient (for example along well-traveled hallways or in areas where other church personnel work nearby)
• should be in open, visible spaces or in closed spaces that have windows that remain unobstructed by closed blinds, furniture, plants, or other adornments
• should convey safety and comfort without the use of couches, loveseats, beds, futons or other furniture that would encourage close seating between the persons in the Pastoral Relationship.
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