The Southeastern Synod recommends that each of our congregations have written Safe Church guidelines.
The following website will be very helpful to find your state laws. http://www.childwelfare.gov
Also check with your state's Department of Human Services or Department of Family and Children Services for additional guidance.
Each state is different in regards to where to locate helpful services, as well as who is required to be a mandatory reporter. Check your state laws when writing your policy.
In 2012, the state of Georgia expanded its mandated reporting pool (those people who are mandated to report suspected child abuse) to include all employees and volunteers whose duties include attending to children. Another significant change to the law includes designating clergy as mandated reporters under certain circumstances.
The following are links to additional resources available from the ELCA:
Another helpful site is the Faith Trust Institute: http://www.faithtrustinstitute.org
Another resource to order is Sex Offenders in the Church DCLTRO1 from http://churchlawtodaystore.com
http://www.churchsafety.com and http://www.churchlawtodaystore.com have downloadable forms and resources available for a cost.
To learn more about child abuse, mandating reporting in the state of GEORGIA check Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Child Protection Center for upcoming webinars and training. http://www.choa.org/childrens-hospital-services/child-protection-center
Another good resource related especially to children is the Interfaith Children's Movement in Atlanta. There are downloadable resources to help educate those who work with children in your congregation. http://icmma.org/
CDC Preventing Child Sexual Abuse: http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/preventingchildsexualabuse-a.pdf
Church Mutual Insurance Resources: http://www.churchmutual.com/98/Safety-Resources Especially note the preparation resources if a disaster occurs and another for other violent situations.
Safe haven Policy Southwestern Minnesota Synod-ELCA: http://www.swmnelca.org/PDF/preventing_responding/The%20SAFE%20HAVEN%20GUIDELINES.pdf
Lutheran Church of the Resurrection Youth and Child Policy (Currently being updated as of Jan 29, 2020)
Safe Church: Child Protection Policy Sample (customizable): http://www.safechurch.com/.../protectionpolicy.doc
Church Pension Group: Model for Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/files/model_policies.pdf
Check out this video from Church Mutual Insurance for why establishing Safe Church Policies are important: