We are a small church looking at implementing a youth mentoring program, with trained mentors paired up with our youth (grades 6-11). We are not currently able to offer this within our Safe Church guidelines.
Does anyone have a Safe Church provision (written text) that will allow for adults to meet one-on-one with youth (in a public space, at the youth's home with a parent present, text in at the beginning and end of each session, etc.)?
Mentoring is a great and effective ministry but we need policies that will support it and don't have them at the moment. The risk averse tell us that mentoring can't be done safely, and would rather leave spiritual formation entirely up to the parents. Thanks!