Safe people, places and programs

About Safe People, Places and Programs

Safe churches begin and end with the knowledge that God’s love is for all people. We are called to love all others, but God also has a special concern for the poor, the marginalised and the oppressed. Safeguarding is both an individual and a corporate responsibility.

Safe People, Places and Programs can guide churches in understanding their obligations and responsibilities to provide safe environments for all people that they engage with.

Tools and resources

A suite of tools and resources is provided and updated regularly, to assist in the implementation of policy and processes required.

Safe People

Safe People - Leaders and Helpers

Having a commitment to good practices in selecting, screening and training of leaders and helpers who are entrusted with engaging with children, young and vulnerable people is a key to creating safe environments within a church.

Forms and resources for Safe People:

External resources:

 

Safe Places

Creating a safe place at church means looking at a range of different topics, but particular attention should be paid to the Physical, Emotional and Spiritual aspects.

Physical aspects of a Safe Place

  • Church property and equipment is to be maintained to a standard acceptable for the safe conduct of activities. Regular maintenance and cleaning are to be carried out, and hazards promptly treated.
  • Emergency Response Plan prepared and available to all leaders.

Work Health and Safety

  • Understand your WHS responsibilities
  • Commit to following good policies
  • Know your insurance requirements

Basic guidelines:

  • Clean up after yourself.
  • If you see or become aware of a new hazard, deal with the immediate safety risk, if there is one, and report it so that it can be managed and fixed.
  • If you are the team leader, you may be planning an activity that is away from the usual church location. You will need to ensure that the location is safe for the activity.
  • As coordinator, minister or elder you may be the recipient of complaints or comments regarding the safety of premises. You will need to direct them appropriately so that they are dealt with in a timely manner.

Forms and resources for safe places

  • Property maintenance checklist *coming soon

External resources for Safe Places:

Safe Programs

We encounter risk in our life every day. In just crossing the street we are making a risk assessment for ourselves. Risk assessment is the simple process used to determine whether to proceed with an activity or not.

The leadership of the church are responsible for reviewing and approving planned activities and programs prior to their commencement.

To be comfortable about approving activities, those who are overseeing church activities should know that the people planning the activity have asked and answered these questions:

  • What do we want to do?
  • Where will we do it?
  • Who is involved?
  • What could go wrong?
  • What do we need to do to keep it safe?
  • What will we do if something goes wrong anyway?

Forms and resources for safe programs

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External Resources:

 

Incidents and Emergencies

The leadership of the church should develop an Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for their church community. It is important that leaders and helpers are aware of this plan, and equipped with proper first aid supplies and have access to qualified personnel.

Forms and resources for Incidents and Emergencies:

External Resources for Incidents and Emergencies:

 

Records and Registers

All records must be collected, used and stored in accordance with the privacy policy of the affiliated church. Templates and tools are provided to assist you to maintain records about attendees, workers and volunteers, their blue cards, and activities. The system for handling concerns outlines processes and tools involved with incidents or accidents and records about suspected abuse or harm.

Forms and resources for records and registers:

  • Sign in/sign out attendance record [Form]*
  • Attendee information form [Form]*   

External Resources for records and registers:

Training opportunities

A key principle of safe churches is that staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and vulnerable people safe through ongoing education and training.

Here are some opportunities for you to do just that:

Safe Church Awareness Workshop

Wide Bay Area
Saturday 1st June 2019 8:30am at Door of Hope Community Church, Maryborough..

Register

Topics include:

  • Foundations and principles of a safe church
  • Protecting vulnerable people - definitions, indicators, and response procedures
  • Information about training, recruiting, and supervising safe leaders
  • How to establish and run safe ministry environments for church ministry programs

If you would like to be a host church for a Safe Church Awareness Workshop please contact us at churchsupport@cofcqld.com.au


Circuit Breakers Group Facilitator Training

Circuit Breakers Domestic Violence Prevention – Group facilitator Training – Event Info here
You can become a group facilitator and bring hope to people in your community who are struggling with anger or abusive behaviour.


Resources - Safe People Places & Programs

Safe People, Places and Programs

Safe programs

  • Planning Safe Programs (guide)*coming soon
  • Information sheet for parents and guardians [Pamphlet] *coming soon
  • Safe People Places and Programs (Poster) *coming soon

Safe Online environments

  • *coming soon

Registers and records

Incidents and emergencies

Safe places

Complaints and Allegations