The resources below are provided by a variety of reputable sources, and are designed to help protect your church, your staff, and your congregation. Included are numerous checklists to help you develop protection policies, or review your existing guidelines. Also available are links to best practices, specific state statutes regarding child safety, and Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse (a list of who is required by law to report instances of suspected child abuse).

Note that many of these resources are sample documents or templates. Your church is responsible for compliance with all applicable laws. Accordingly, these forms and checklists are provided as guidelines; your policies should be reviewed by your insurance carrier’s recommendations and an attorney in your jurisdiction who specializes in this area of law.

Use these quicklinks to navigate to the appropriate section of this page:

State Statutes
Safety/Protection Resources
Copyright Resources
Sample Applications
Sample Forms
Complete Checklists/Applications/Forms Packet


State Statutes

Searchable database of child welfare, child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption statutes for each State.

Mandatory Reporters

State statutes that identify who is responsible to report suspected child maltreatment.


Brotherhood Mutual Resources

Safety/protection articles, legal assistance, and online training—all designed for churches and related ministries.

Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: Getting Started on Policies and Procedures

Published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

GuideOne Copyright Resources

Privacy and copyright concerns for live streaming worship services.


These printable PDF checklists are provided by Brotherhood Mutual.

Background Screening

Building Security

Developing a Disaster Plan

Driver Screening

First Aid Kit Contents

Keeping Healthy

Nursery Safety

Safeguarding Against Sexual Abuse

Supervising Activities

Violence in the Church

Youth Activities


These printable PDF sample applications are provided by Brotherhood Mutual.

Children's/Youth Work Application

Worker Renewal Application


These printable PDF sample forms are provided by Brotherhood Mutual.

Activity Participation Agreement Form

Child/Nursery Health Information Form

Notice of Injury Form

Special Medical Needs Agreement Form

Youth Ministry Participant Consent: Communication Policy Form


This printable PDF document includes all the checklists, sample applications, and sample forms above in one convenient file.

Checklists/Applications/Forms Packet


Presented by Forrest Norman, Attorney-at-Law with Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C. Norman is a Ruling Elder for the EPC’s Hudson Presbyterian Church in Hudson, Ohio.

Forrest Norman presented an additional webinar in September 2015 on legal protection issues related to churches. His Powerpoint slides are available on request to EPC churches. To request this resource, please complete the form below.

Legal Stewardship for Churches Webinar Slides

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