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Cherish All Children Cherish All Children is a service of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota that equips congregations to prevent child sexual exploitation both within and beyond the congregation. Its website has a wide variety of helpful resources including templates for safe church policies, curricula and conversation starters, prayer booklets, books and more.


Safe Sanctuaries: Reducing the Risk of Child Abuse in the Church by Joy Thornburg Melton
This 80-page book provides guidance to help develop policies and procedures for reducing the risk of child abuse in the church. The book defines the scope of child abuse, outlines the different types of abuse, notes the indicators of abuse, discusses the legal requirements for reporting abuse, and provides guidelines for screening and hiring workers and volunteers. The book also outlines basic procedures of safe ministry with children and youth and outlines a congregational plan for responding to allegations of abuse. Sample forms and training sessions and an extensive bibliography are included. This book can be purchased from Amazon or



Saint Paul Area Synod Office

105 W. University Ave.

St. Paul, MN 55103-2094

Phone: 651-224-4313



ELCA Churchwide Office

ELCA Report Misconduct

Prevention of Sexual Misconduct
Domestic Mission
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
8765 West Higgins Road
Chicago, IL  60631-4101

Phone: 773-380-2568