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Taking Kids to the Bathroom…Best Policies

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There are some danger zones in children’s ministry when it comes to safety and security.

Taking kids to the bathroom is one of those areas where there is the potential for something to happen that could devastate your children’s ministry.  I know of several cases where abuse took place in this situation.

The best defense is to have a policy in place that clearly defines the procedure for taking a child to the bathroom.

Here are some of the best policies to have in place.

Best Foundational Policies for all ages:

1. Everyone who serves must have a background check, reference calls, and a personal interview before serving.  No exceptions.

2. No one is ever alone with a child.  There must always be two adults present.

3. The bathrooms the kids use should be “Kids Only” bathrooms.  Make this clear with signage, etc.

Best Policies for Nursery:

1. Only females are allowed to change diapers.

2. Have a security camera in every room.

Best Policies for Preschool:

1. Have direct access to the bathroom from the classroom.

2. If you have to walk the child to the bathroom, always make sure at least 2 adults accompany the child.

3. Look and make sure no one is in the bathroom before allowing the child to enter.

4. Stand outside the door while the child is going to the bathroom.

5. If a child has trouble getting his or her zipper back up, do not help the child with the zipper.  Call his or her parents to come and do this.

Best Policies for Elementary:

1. Have direct access to the bathroom from the classroom.

2. If you have to walk the child to the bathroom, always make sure at least 2 adults accompany the child.

3. Look and make sure no one is in the bathroom before allowing the child to enter.

4. Stand outside the door while the child is going to the bathroom.

5. Do not send older elementary kids into the bathroom with younger elementary kids.

What are some other policies you follow?

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About the Author

Dale Hudson is the Director of Children's Ministry at Christ Fellowship Church in South Florida. He has been in children's ministry for over 25 years. He was named one of the top 20 most influential people in children's ministry. He is the co-author of 5 books. He writes daily about his children's ministry journey at www.relevantchildrensministry.com.