Missouri United Methodists affirm that all children, youth and vulnerable adults have the right to safe sanctuary. Therefore, Missouri United Methodists are determined to provide an environment in which these persons are safe from neglect or abuse. The provision of safe sanctuary applies to all staff and volunteers, clergy or lay, who have direct or indirect contact with children or youth in conference and/or district sponsored events. The Safe Sanctuaries/Safe Gatherings Certification Authority along with the Missouri Conference Mission Council is responsible for the Safe Sanctuaries/Safe Gatherings policy and procedures. Each conference and/or district ministry involving children, youth, or vulnerable adults follows these policy and procedures.