The United Church of Canada and Hamilton Conference has a legal, moral, and spiritual duty to care for and protect all participants on church programs and to ensure reasonable measures are taken to ensure safety. The following documents outline helpful policies and procedures.

(Faithful Footsteps: Handbook of Screening Procedures for Positions of Trust and Authority in The United Church of Canada)

(Community Ministry Standards and Best Practices: Administrative Standards for Community and Social Justice Ministries) note especially page 11 second paragraph under “Duty of Care”

(Police Records Checks: Handbook of Policies and Procedures, Best Practices)


Sexual Abuse Prevention and Response

A brochure outlining the United Church policy on sexual harassment and abuse, the complaint process, and the Hamilton Conference consultants.

Interpretation Bulletin PRC 2011-08: Police Records Checks

A current police records check must be provided by ministry personnel at certain transition points and at specific intervals. A police records check is considered current if it has been obtained within the last six months. This interpretation bulletin is provided by policy specialists in the Ministry and Employment Unit of the General Council.