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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…

Why was AB506 passed? In 2020, Boy Scouts of America filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, prompting what has been called the largest sexual abuse settlement in history.  The chain of events leading to the organization’s demise begins with the #MeToo movement. In response to #MeToo, multiple states passed legislation allowing accusers to sue for allegations…

Everything your ministry needs to understand California law AB-506, which took effect January 1, 2022 and renders most ministries’ existing child policies incompliant.

This template is built around the underwriting requirements for our partner insurers who specialize in ministry Sexual Misconduct Coverage

California law AB-506 now specifies the specific type of background check your ministry must complete through the California Department of Justice.

Making a report of suspected child abuse can be difficult; the best way to minimize the difficulty is to be trained for the experience.

With the passage of AB506, there are new requirements for ministries and your programs. These are all new as of January 1, 2022 and it’s different than what we’ve been doing in the past. We hosted a webinar on February 8, 2022 addressing these new updates and more than 200 questions arose. On March 1,…

You may have some people visiting your church and filming your congregants to provoke them. They are called “First Amendment Auditors,” and we have a great way to handle it.  What is a First Amendment Audit? First Amendment Auditing is a social movement aimed at upholding the freedom to photograph and record public places and…

Our team of experts discussed AB-506 and new requirements for mandated reporting in churches and youth serving organizations. These changes are applicable to your ministry, you’ll want to pay attention to them. Join our friends, Bob Brockman, Leslie DeMattia, and our fearless leader, Charlie Cutler. This webinar covers: New mandated reporter training for administrators, employees…