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What is Abuse?

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In the United States, 10% of all children will report experiencing some form of sexual abuse before age 18.

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90% of those abused know their abuser.

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The US Department of Justice estimates that only 30% of sexual abuse cases are reported to authorities.

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According to Lifeway Research, 44% of Protestant churchgoers say they have been sexually victimized. 12% of these instances happened within the church.

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10% of Protestants under age 35 reported leaving a church because of sexual misconduct.
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ECAP Child Safety Standards Process

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Working Together to Prevent Abuse

We are often asked about the role of a ministry association, district, presbytery, or denomination in child protection and abuse…

What Does ECAP Do?

Envision the Future

We have a vision of the future where Christian ministries are safe places for children and youth to hear the gospel, grow in discipleship, and where spiritual formation takes place unhindered by abuse.

Engage the Mission

At ECAP we’re engaging our mission to support Christian ministries in child protection and abuse prevention through awareness, accreditation, and resources.

Enlist Values

We have built ECAP on the foundation of specific values of Human Dignity (Imago Dei), Integrity, Stewardship, Transparency, and Care and Compassion.

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Pray

Pray that the Lord would continue to provide wisdom and resources as we work with organizations to promote Child Safety.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is accreditation?

Accreditation means transparency. Accreditation is a review process where an organization makes available information through an audit process to demonstrate compliance to an established standard of quality or criteria. Subsequent audits are conducted regularly in order to maintain accreditation. An audit may consist of both a remote “desk audit” as well as site visit based on criteria and standards protocols.

For more information, see our Accreditation page and white paper, What Is Accreditation?

Who do we serve?

This program is intended to help churches, schools, and ministries that serve kids become safe places where children can hear the gospel and grow in discipleship.

How does it work?

ECAP is a religious non-profit ministry that provides accreditation to churches, schools, and any other ministry that serves kids. Our team of experts has established Child Safety Standards for Child Protection Programs of  Christian ministries. The standards are the basis of the accreditation program. Organizations that demonstrate compliance to these standards will receive our “stamp of approval” and can be publicly recognized as ECAP members. Once they become accredited, they will pay annual membership fees and undergo recurring audits to maintain their accreditation.

Why do we need this?

Every ministry leader wants to keep kids safe, but many do not know how predators target children, nor how much liability organizations take on when they take responsibility for children. Ministries that comply to our Child Safety Standards are doing what they can to prevent abuse and keep kids safe from harm.

Alongside the Standards, ECAP provides independent, outside verification of compliance for transparency and quality assurance.

Our goal is to help churches and ministries prevent abuse.

Read our statement on organizations with a history of abuse.