A team of experts including investigators, attorneys, pastors, risk managers, school leadership, victim advocates, and abuse prevention experts have been assembled to establish abuse prevention standards. Spearheading our team of experts is attorney, Theresa Sidebotham. Theresa speaks around the country on the topic of abuse prevention and has led numerous abuse investigations. Sally Wagenmaker, board president of the Christian Legal Society, is serving as general counsel.
The formal standards process will require a legal review, a public review and comment phase. These criterions will be made public as the basis for the accreditation program. Organizations that demonstrate compliance will receive the ECAP “stamp of approval” and be visibly recognized as members. Accredited members will undergo periodic review and a process will be established to evaluate incidents of abuse.