Red Flags for Kids Ministry Volunteers

If you have a children and youth’s ministry at your church, you must implement a child protection program that included background checks. So, what happens when something comes up? Here at ChurchWest, we receive calls just about weekly from churches that have run a background check and that happens.

Of course, your good judgement is a valuable guide, but a list of disqualifiers can help you stay safe. Here are 35 offenses that could disqualify someone from volunteering in the youth ministry.

  1. Sexual assault of a child
  2. Physical abuse of a child
  3. Causing mental harm to a child
  4. Sexual exploitation of a child
  5. Incest
  6. Use of a computer to facilitate a child sex crime
  7. Soliciting a child for prostitution
  8. Sexual intercourse with a child age 16 or older
  9. Exposure
  10. Possession of child pornography
  11. Child sex offender working with children
  12. Registered sex offender photographing children
  13. Child neglect; abduction
  14. Contributing to truancy
  15. Strip searches by school employees
  16. Hazing
  17. Child unattended in a child care vehicle
  18. Leaving loaded firearm accessible to a minor
  19. Receiving stolen property from a child
  20. Tattooing a child
  21. Battery
  22. Battery or threat to a witness
  23. Battery or threat to a judge
  24. Battery to an unborn child
  25. Mayhem
  26. Sexual exploitation by a therapist
  27. Sexual assault
  28. Reckless injury
  29. Injury by negligent handling of a firearm
  30. Injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle
  31. Abuse of persons at risk
  32. False imprisonment
  33. Kidnapping
  34. Stalking