The Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult Safety Policy was approved at the 2017 Annual Conference for implementation at the close of the 2018 Annual Conference. Please see the conference website for additional information and resources regarding the latest Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult Safety Policy changes, resources, and trainings:
Simply put, here are the basic steps your church needs to take for the implementation of this latest policy:

Step 1: Working with Safe Gatherings. will be the hub for all certifications, applications, and background checks. Churches must set up an administrative account and individuals set up their own individual account to begin the process. The RTC has subsidized the cost of this amazing, time-saving, administrative tool-the total cost for the local church is $10 per person.

Step 2: Adopting or updating your local church safety policy. Click here to view the Rio Texas Conference Child, Youth, and Vulnerable Adult Safety Policy.  

Step 3: Implementing your local church safety policy

Step 4: Screening your staff and volunteers. Make sure that clergy and everyone in your church working with children, youth, or vulnerable adults has created an account with Safe Gatherings and is certified, “Trusted con Confianza”.

Step 5: Training your staff and volunteers. Those working with children, youth, and vulnerable adults must be trained through the conference training, “Trusted con Confianza” every two years. Child abuse awareness training and your local church safety policy training must be completed every year. You may sign up for a “Trusted con Confianza” training at

Step 6: Accountability-Living into the covenant together

If you have questions regarding the Rio Texas Conference Policy or how to implement a policy in your context please contact Rev. Dr. Tanya Campen at