CHILD SAFETY

The vision of SIM is “to see a witness to Christ’s love where He is least known, disciples of Jesus expressing God’s love in their communities, and Christ-centered churches among all peoples.” This vision includes caring for, and showing God’s love to the vulnerable. God cares for and calls others to care for those who often cannot care for themselves, the vulnerable (Psalm 68:5).

Children are vulnerable and therefore require special care and attention, in order to prevent them from being harmed. We recognize that harm may lead to serious injury, whether physical, emotional, or sexual. Harm may be intentional or unintentional, may come from a parent, other adult, a child, or even from a child’s own actions.

SIM USA’s passion is to bring the good news of Jesus Christ to hard places. We value being biblically grounded, kingdom-focused, and exceptionally relational. Being exceptionally relational includes excellence in the care, nurture, and protection of all children and young people within our organization. Jesus himself expressed the value of children and our responsibility to protect them (Matt. 18, Mark 9).

We recognize that we live in a fallen world and do not deny the reality that harm to children in our organization and by our personnel is possible.

SIM USA acknowledges that the safety of children is the responsibility of each of us.

Therefore, SIM USA recognizes its responsibility to minimize the risk of harm, and to respond to Child Safety concerns regarding:

• the children of SIM USA personnel.
• any child who may have been harmed by any SIM USA personnel, ministry or project, occurring in the past or present.

SIM USA CHILD SAFETY POLICY

SIM USA will not tolerate child abuse of any kind.

SIM USA will seek to reduce the risk of harm to children under the care of SIM USA and to reduce the risk of misconduct towards children by its personnel.

To achieve these objectives, SIM USA will implement the SIM USA Child Safety Principles and Practices which outlines our Child Safety Program, including the following:

Prevention Strategies which include safe recruitment procedures, awareness training, and a Code of Conduct to provide clear expectations of SIM USA personnel, and monitoring of SIM USA personnel.

Response Strategies including guidelines for reporting and responding to Child Safety concerns, disclosures or allegations.

Revised July 18, 2017

SIM CHILD SAFETY TEAM

The Child Safety Team promotes the safety of children and the protection of SIM workers through prevention and response strategies that fulfill our Biblical, legal and ethical responsibilities, thereby helping to preserve the integrity of SIM USA. If you have any questions, concerns or would like more information regarding SIM’s Child Safety Program, please feel free to contact any of the following people:

Jason Hazell – SIM International Child Safety Coordinator
Mary Decker – SIM USA Child Safety Advocate
Jody Hilt –SIM USA Child Safety Specialist