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.

In 2021, the General Assembly adopted the “Policy and Procedures for Addressing Harassment in the Church.” This policy and accompanying procedures will be added to the forthcoming edition of the Leading with Care policy.  The policy and procedures for addressing harassment in the church can be downloaded below.

This policy is titled Leading with Care because:

  • our Lord modelled 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.
Leading with Care Policy
Policy and Procedures for Addressing Harassment in the Church
Download Leading with Care Online for suggestions for how to apply this policy to an online setting to ensure the safety and well-being of children, youth and vulnerable adults when using online media and forums for congregational meetings and activities.
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A Focus on Leading with Care

This resource contains tips on implementing Leading with Care, focusing on working with teachers and leaders, and includes a checklist that congregations may use as part of the required annual reporting to presbytery (or supervisory body).

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To arrange for a workshop or for more information, please email the Rev. Ian Ross-McDonald or call 416-441-1111 or 1-800-619-7301 ext. 289.

Additional Policy Documents

Leading with Care Brochure
Sample Covenant of Care
Sample General Incident Report Form
Declaration of Police Records Check
Police Reference Checks and Risk Assessment Guide
Leading with Care - Presbytery Clerk Checklist
Leading with Care - Synod Clerk Checklist
Sample Annual LWC Report for grant receiving ministries
Leading with Care Report Sample – Congregations
Checklists for Teachers/Leaders, Presbytery Clerks and Synod Clerks
Summer Programs - Overnight and Health Issues