Sunday, February 15, 2015

On Guard - a review



On Guard
I've just finished reading On Guard: Preventing and Responding to Child Abuse at Church by Deepak Reju.  While much of it was what I had heard before through professional development, it was still worth the read to place child protection issues firmly within the unique context of a church organisation.


We are fools - worse than that actually, because to ignore the truth is reprehensible - if we think it could never happen in our church.  We cannot rely on the idea that we'd know if someone was a danger.  You never do.

If you work in a church, volunteer for a church or go to a church regularly, this should be on your reading list. I'll certainly be pressing my copy into the hands of all our church leaders.

2 comments:

Joan Milne said...

Have you ensured the PCV Safe Church people are aware of this book?
You are right, 'it can't happen here' is wrong-headed as is 'sexual abuse does not happen in Christian homes' as a minister once said to me.
Where did you buy it?
Joan xo

Deb said...

@ Joan Milne: I got mine from here: http://www.bookdepository.com/On-Guard-Deepak-Reju/9781939946515 but I think Koorong and Amazon and all the rest carry it. It was only published in October 2014 so it's not well-know yet. Endorsements by Carl Trueman and Ed Welch amongst others. It would be great if it had a very wide audience in the PCV.