Confidentiality Agreement

At an Elijah House prayer ministry school, we come into contact with very personal and confidential information. To divulge such information can be very hurtful even if we intend no harm. In order to promote an atmosphere of trust, we ask that you take great care in treating ministry information as confidential, and not share it beyond your small group.

In line with biblical principles and for the sake of those to whom I minister, I promise to maintain confidentiality, and to protect the precious gift of trust entrusted to me.

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NOTE: although it is a general rule not to share confidential information, the following exceptions do exist:

  1. If you have knowledge that a fellow student’s actions have been unethical and/or illegal, and that those actions have or would bring harm to others at the school or to Elijah House, then this should be reported to the small group leader, who will report it to the Live School Director or Video School Facilitator.
  2. The following cases should be reported first to the Live School Director or Video School Facilitator, and then to the appropriate legal authorities within 24 hours of receiving knowledge of such situations, pursuant to the laws of your state:
    • A child has been or is being physically or sexually abused or is in imminent danger of physical or sexual abuse. (Because so many of us were physically or sexually abused as children, this raises a question: do we have to report all cases of physical or sexual abuse? The answer is no; this rule applies only to children who are presently under 18. For instance, if a 13-year old has been molested, you must report it, but if a 50-year-old reports that he/she was molested at the age of 13, this would not have to be reported).
    • An elderly person or dependent adult (for instance, a person who is mentally handicapped, autistic, in a coma, etc. — someone who is not fully capable of defending him/herself) has been or is being physically or sexually abused or is in imminent danger of physical or sexual abuse.
    • A case in which suicide appears to be imminent
    • A person is engaging in homicidal threats or behavior