Smart Justice for Adults

Protecting vulnerable populations, such as children, from harm is a top priority for schools and churches. However, what happens when an individual convicted of child abuse wants to attend a church or school? 


One solution is to implement an Offender’s Covenant Agreement, which is a policy that relates to individuals who have been convicted of sexual crimes against children or youth who wish to attend your church or program. This covenant outlines clear parameters and restrictions for the offender to follow in order to ensure the safety of children and youth. 


Developing an Offender’s Policy or Community Covenant is one way to establish a framework for such individuals to attend these institutions in a safe and transparent manner.


Smart justice for adult offenders of child abuse is an essential topic in today’s society. The need to balance forgiveness and redemption with child protection is a challenging aspect. Churches, schools, and organizations that work with children need to have an Offender’s Policy or a Community Covenant Agreement in place for individuals who have been convicted of sexual crimes against children or youth. The Offender’s Covenant is part of reconciliation, which helps them attend the church or 

program more safely and with parameters in place.

An Offender’s Covenant Agreement requires the offender to 

sign a contract detailing what they can and cannot do while 

on the premises and to be held accountable. The Offender’s 

Covenant is written and signed by the lead 

pastor/superintendent, two representatives of the board, 

and the individual. The contract should include specifics, such as where the offender can go on the premises and where they cannot go, limitations on befriending and spending time with families, restrictions on participating in programs with children and youth, and annual review and signature of the offender’s covenant agreement.  The covenant should also communicate consequences if it is broken.


When dealing with adult offenders of child abuse, it is essential to prioritize the safety of vulnerable populations, while also providing opportunities for redemption and reconciliation. Implementing Offender’s Policies or Community Covenants, and utilizing restorative justice practices, are effective ways to accomplish these goals.


In conclusion, for the protection of children, youth, and those who were harmed in the past, clear parameters should be put into place restricting such an individual from having access to vulnerable locations. 


An Offender’s Covenant is a powerful tool that can bring about positive change in the lives of offenders and the communities they live in. By taking responsibility for their actions, making amends, and  

committing to a new way of life,    

  offenders can transform themselves and become valuable members of society.

While the process of redemption is not easy, it is ultimately rewarding. Clear boundaries can provide a sense of relief and freedom from their past actions, as well as a renewed sense of purpose and hope for their future.


It is important to remember that everyone makes mistakes, but it is what we do after we make those mistakes that defines us. By embracing the principles of an Offender’s Covenant, offenders have the opportunity to create a better future for themselves and for those around them. Let us support and encourage those who have the courage to take this journey towards healing and restoration, and together, let us build a brighter future for all. 

*Previously published in PROTECT publication issue 10.

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