Child & Youth Protection Policy
A central tenet of the Christian faith is the inherent value and worth of all children, youth, and adults. Children and youth are least able to protect themselves in our society and are particularly vulnerable to abuse and neglect. First United Methodist Church of Lakeland is desirous of doing what it can to protect the youth and children who participate in this congregation. Since 1996, the General Conference of the United Methodist Church has mandated that each local congregation have a child/youth protection policy (“CYPP”).
Coverage under the Conference Insurance Program requires that churches have a CYPP in place. All employees of a local church are required to review and acknowledge their church’s CYPP on an annual basis. Accordingly, First United Methodist Church of Lakeland adopts the policy below for the protection and safety of the children and youth participating in the life of the church.