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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.
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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Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
Every ministry leaders 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.