Our expert panel is in the process of developing standards. Expected launch of accreditation program is Spring 2020.
A team of experts including investigators, attorneys, pastors, risk managers, school leadership, victim advocates, and abuse prevention experts have been assembled to establish ECAP’s standards. Spearheading our team of experts is attorney, Theresa Sidebotham. Theresa speaks around the country on the topic of abuse prevention and has led numerous abuse investigations. Sally Wagenmaker, board president of the Christian Legal Society, is serving as ECAP’s general council.
The formal standards process will require a legal review, a public assessment and comment phase. These criterions will be made public as the basis for the accreditation program. Organizations that demonstrate compliance will receive the ECAP “stamp of approval” and be visibly recognized as ECAP members. Accredited members will undergo regular review and a process will be established by ECAP to evaluate incidents of abuse.
ECAP’s team of experts recently met prior to the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) National Conference on October 1-3, 2019 to draft the first version of these “industry standards”. Our goal is to launch the application process in the summer of 2020.