Churches should have the most effective policies in place to prevent child maltreatment. Sure, those policies aren’t fool-proof. If someone wants to abuse, they can. However, effective policies make it harder for it to happen and more likely that the response of the church to abuse results in part of the victim’s healing as opposed to further abuse.
If you are interested in reading more about what policies would be most effective…follow this link. It is written by Victor Vieth, fellow board member at GRACE and Director of the National Child Protection Training Center. This is a must read (pdf).