Child Protection Practices in Mennonite Church USA Congregations

Jeanette Harder, Kristina Haynie

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An online survey was conducted to determine the characteristics, practices, and experiences of Mennonite Church USA congregations with and without written child protection policies. In June 2010, 269 congregational leaders responded to an online survey on child protection policies, personnel practices, child abuse experiences and preventive practices, and needs related to child protection and strengthening families. Results indicated that much remains to be done in raising awareness of child abuse and neglect and in moving congregations to adopt and implement child protection practices. Future research recommendations include the use of a follow-up survey that would show whether current interventions will have an effect and thereby increase child protection in Mennonite Church USA congregations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-259
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2012


  • child abuse prevention
  • child protection
  • Church
  • Mennonite
  • policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science


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