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New Management Plan for Child Safety

As of December 17, 2010, the Child Safety and Protection Office of the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries will be managed by a team led by the director of human resources and the executive in charge of missionary services.
The office has particular concern for the safety of children in United Methodist mission settings around the world. It receives and processes reports concerns about staff, mission personnel, or certain mission volunteers related to child safety.
The management change reflects the departure from the Global Ministries’ staff of Deaconess Joanne Reich, who has been Child Protection and Community Assistance Officer since 2005. Ms. Reich, a licensed social worker, has taken a position with a hospice service in Tennessee.
“There will be no interruption of our child safety and protection ministry,” said Thomas Kemper, the chief executive of Global Ministries. “This work is highly significant to our mission commitment. We are at work on revised child care safety policies and personnel training requirements. While we will miss Deaconess Reich, our work in an area she has help us to develop will remain strong.”
Currently, persons with concerns about child safety in United Methodist-related mission settings should call 212-870-3833 or contact childsafetyoffice@gbgm-umc.org. A new system with 24-hour personal response is anticipated.
Ms. Reich had been on the mission agency staff since 1999, working until 2005 with national mission institutions and ministries with women, children and families. She was earlier a short-term missionary.