Over three days, various groups convened at Camp Winnekeag in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, for child protection training on March 13-15. The training was the first major event held at the camp in nearly two years.
Cory Jewell Jensen directs the Center for Behavioral Intervention in Beaverton, Oregon, where she has spent decades interviewing sex offenders. Each day, she took a group through the harsh and ruthless realities of those who would seek to injure our children. Groups received tools to protect the children in their care and learned how to respond should they suspect the unthinkable. Daisy Taruc, a representative from Adventist Risk Management, also took each group through the policies and philosophy of child protection.
Lay-people from across the Southern New England Conference (SNEC) attended the event on the initial day. SNEC teachers, principals, half of the Adventist Book Center (ABC) staff, and half of the SNEC officers and staff participated in similar training on the second day. SNEC education superintendent Beverley Bucknor also passed vital information to her teachers and principals. SNEC pastors and the remainder of the SNEC officers, staff, and ABC staff attended on the third and final day of training.
While the content discussed during the training did not make for a pleasant day, the end hope and goal is to protect our children.
Source: David Dennis, president and communication director, Southern New England Conference Facebook page