We recognize the importance of protecting people from harm

The issue of physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect remains the number one concern for organizations and institutions entrusted with the care and safety of people — especially children and youth.

The sad truth is that we are no longer shocked by almost daily stories in the media uncovering instances of abuse committed against children while in the care of schools, camps and churches.

Since the first version of Plan to Protect was introduced in 1996 it has become known as the standard of abuse prevention and vulnerable sector protection.

As a church family, Elgin Missionary Church has a Plan to Protect® Policy that establishes, to the best of our ability, the criteria for the provision of a safe environment for children, youth, vulnerable adults and our volunteers.


For more information please contact

the church office at 519-271-5407 or visit

Melodie Bissell, President and Co-Author of Plan to Protect® shares
“Having a safe organization is all about protecting people! It is about protecting the children! Protecting youth! Protecting those with disabilities and protecting the elderly! Plan to Protect® can be a precious gift to parents and caregivers, demonstrating that we will care for their loved ones. Plan to Protect® is about fulfilling our duty of care for our precious volunteers and staff! Finally, Plan to Protect® is about validating victims and survivors who have encountered harm and have painful memories of abuse. We can do that by demonstrating to them that we want to go the extra mile so that no one else has to experience their pain and torment.”