The Rio Texas Annual Conference is committed to the well-being of every person entrusted to its care as well as those persons entrusted to the care of the districts and local United Methodist Churches throughout our conference borders.   Therefore, we will strive to create safe places for all of God's children. Our safety policy and procedures helps us to do this holy and hard work. 

 

Listed below are practices that help keep the vulnerable safe. For more information watch the video presentation on the right. 

These are the guidelines included in the Rio Texas Child, Youth, and Vulnerable adult safety policy. These guidelines reflect safe practices as identified by United Methodist Insurance and United Methodist Safe Sanctuaries as faithful ways to keep vulnerable persons safe.

  • Screening (every 2 years)
    • 6 month ministry participation prior to application (or applicant must provide additional references affirming their positive leadership with children, youth, and vulnerable adults)

    • Application

    • Three references to include:

      • Pastor and/or identified staff representative from organization for which person is seeking to work/volunteer

      • Clergy or vocational reference

      • Personal reference

    • Background check that includes but is not limited to a search of:

      • national criminal database

      • national and state sex registry databases

      • 7 year county of residence

  • Policy awareness and ministry training

    • annual review of policy in local church, district, or independent ministry

    • annual abuse training in local church, district, or independent ministry

    • TRUSTed con Confianza Certification training every two years

  • Supervision

    • 2 certified adults required at all times. Certifed adults must be

      • 18 years or older

      • non-related

      • 5 years older than oldest child/youth participant

    • 1 certified adult to every 8 participants
    • co-ed overnight events must have co-ed adults

    • Phone, Video, online communication with vulnerable participants requires:

      • two certified adult moderators/administrators for all groups or social media communications that include children, youth, and/or vulnerable adults as members and/or conversation participants.

      • parental/guardian permission  to communicate with vulnerable person online, through video, or via phone conversations.

      • Photo release form required for all pictures used online and/or in print

      • Drivers: must be 21 or older, have a valid drivers license and insurance, and legally allowed to drive

If you have questions or input regarding the Policy, the TRUSTed con Confianza safety certification, or the safety task force please contact Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen at tcampen@riotexas.org.