Safe Sanctuaries

**Scroll down this page for Safe Sanctuary policies and forms.**

Severna Park United Methodist Church, following the direction and guidance of the United Methodist Church and the Baltimore-Washington Conference, has developed a comprehensive program to reduce the risk of abuse and sexual harassment to the children and youth in our care and to protect our staff and volunteers from false accusations. The program appropriately is called “Safe Sanctuaries.”

Under Safe Sanctuaries all church staff members, and those volunteers who work with our children and youth, are asked to undergo a background check and to submit three references. This screening process is intended to identify anyone who may pose a threat to our children and youth.  The background check includes a multi-state criminal records check, a 50 state sex offender search, and a Social Security Number trace. These checks are very similar to those required of anyone who teaches in the local school systems.

If you are a volunteer with children and youth and receive various Safe Sanctuaries forms to complete, please do so as soon as you can. Also, follow up with those you list as references to return the forms that will be sent to them for completion. This will help ensure Safe Sanctuaries screening is accomplished quickly thereby protecting all of our children and youth.

For more information about Safe Sanctuaries email

Instructions for Forms

The first form is our policy for you to read.  Then there are 3 forms that you need to fill out and you can do that on the form itself; no need to print. Just click on each question and a box will appear.  Once you’ve completed a form, save it to your computer. After all forms are completed,  email them to  Please attach all 3 saved & completed forms to that email and we’ll process them when they arrive.

Download the Safe Sanctuaries Summary of Rights

New Volunteers download these forms:
Safe Sanctuaries Policy
Background Check Authorization (ages 18+ only)

Returning Volunteers download this form:

References download this form:
Reference Form