“The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide for Churches and Ministries” by Basyle Tchividjian and Shira Berkovits.  Image courtesy of New Growth Press

(RNS) — It’s the bugaboo that scares pastors and parishioners alike: child sexual abuse in church.

Not only is such abuse terrifying on a human level, it can inflict devastating legal and financial costs on congregations.

Basyle “Boz” Tchividjian, a former child abuse prosecutor, has written a book intended to help churches implement policies and procedures to protect children and other vulnerable people under their care.

“The Child Safeguarding Policy Guide for Churches and Ministries,” co-written with Shira M. Berkovits,

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