All leaders and teachers of children or youth are to complete this training within one month of being called.
Please view the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about this online training module and about how to prevent and respond to abuse in your calling.
Key Principles and Policies Covered in the Training
- The Lord expects us to do all we can to prevent abuse and to protect and help those who have been victims of abuse.
- The Church does not tolerate abuse in any form. Abuse violates the laws of God and may also be a violation of the laws of society.
- When adults are teaching children or youth in Church settings, “at least two responsible adults should be present” (General Handbook: Classes for Youth, 13.4.1 and Safeguarding Children, 12.5.1).
- “At least two adult supervisors must be present at all Church-sponsored activities attended by children, youth, and young single adults” (General Handbook: Adult Supervision, 20.7.1).
- Avoid extended one-on-one communication with children or youth, and regularly communicate with parents or guardians about activities or concerns.
Resources in the United Kingdom
When inappropriate behavior or abuse happens, you should act promptly to protect the child or youth.
Bishops and stake presidents should promptly call the help line when addressing situations involving any type of abuse. Legal professionals will answer their questions. The help line is available for bishops and stake presidents to call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The freephone number for the United Kingdom is: 0800 970 6757.
- Counseling Resources: Abuse (Help for the Victim) for Ward and Stake Leaders
- Gospel Topics: Abuse
- “Protecting Members and Reporting Abuse” (abuse.ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
Additional Resources and Information in the UK
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) - Recognising and responding to abuse
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) - What to do if you suspect child abuse
- UK Government - Report Child Abuse
- Victim Support - Childhood abuse