National research indicates that a report of child abuse occurs every 10 seconds and abuse of vulnerable adults is prevalent and continues to increase. While reporting is on the rise, much abuse still goes undetected and unreported. The West Ohio Conference requires each local church be responsible for writing, implementing, training, submitting, and annually reviewing an appropriate Safe Sanctuaries Policy regardless of size, location, ethnicity, culture or background. This workshop will explain the recommended practices and procedures for West Ohio local churches and congregations in the areas of screening, supervision, reporting and response plan. Learn how to develop or update your policy and how to access supporting documents to assist church leaders in this requirement.