Leading with CareA Policy for Ensuring a Climate of Safety for Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults in The Presbyterian Church in Canada

The Leading with Care policy is not about us as individuals. It is about us as a body of Christ—a denomination—trying to ensure the highest quality of ministry by offering our best to Christ and working to make sure that the worst does not happen. It is a time for entering the age of lost innocence, whether real or imagined.

The Presbyterian Church in Canada is committed to providing safe environments for all persons, including children, youth, vulnerable adults, and those who minister to and with them. The church’s ministry includes times of worship, service, study and play in all milieus (e.g. church courts, congregations, camps) that fall under the jurisdiction of The Presbyterian Church in Canada. All staff, both volunteer and paid, must support this policy.

This policy is titled Leading with Care because:

  • our Lord modeled for us how to lead with care as he healed the sick and infirm, and welcomed the young, the weak, and the vulnerable
  • it is our awareness that some people in our church need special protection
  • it affirms our commitment to training and supporting teachers and leaders in our churches so that children/youth/vulnerable adults will grow in faith and the love of Christ in a climate of safety.

For more information, contact Ian McDonald or call 416-441-1111 or 1-800-619-7301 ext. 289.

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Leading with Care Brochure
Sample Covenant of Care
Sample General Incident Report Form

Image of arrow pointing downDeclaration of Police Records Check

Leading with Care - Presbytery Clerk Checklist
Leading with Care - Synod Clerk Checklist

Image of arrow pointing downSample Annual LWC Report for grant receiving ministries

Leading with Care Report Sample – Congregations
Letter to Clerks – November 2013

A Focus on Leading with Care – Articles from “Equipping for…”

Community Groups Using Church Facilities Download
Evaluation and Reporting Download
Police Reference Checks and Risk Assessment Guide Download
Summer Programs - Overnight and Health Issues Download
Checklists for Teachers/Leaders, Presbytery Clerks and Synod Clerks Download
Leading with Care - Sunday School and Youth Programs Download

For more information, please email Ian McDonald or call 416-441-1111 or 1-800-619-7301 ext. 289.