Child Safe Environments
– our community response to child abuse and neglect
The Uniting Church has for many years offered the opportunities for members of our Uniting Church community to participate in training to understand their legal obligation of Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect.
Courses are held as needed in venues around the state. See training page for upcoming dates.
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Under section 11(1) and (2) of the Children's Protection Act 1993, any person who is an employee of, or volunteer in, an organisation formed for religious or spiritual purposes (i.e. the church) are obliged by law to notify the Department of Child Protection (formerly Families SA) if they suspect on reasonable grounds that a child/young person has been or is being abused or neglected and the suspicion is formed in the course of the person's work (whether paid or voluntary) or in carrying out official duties.
Notification to the Child Abuse Report Line (13 14 78) must be made of that suspicion as soon as practicable after he or she forms the suspicion.
Part of the church's ongoing best practices is to provide training opportunities for people to understand their legal responsibility for Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect.
Training in CSE
The training course is the standard accredited package and the trainers are all approved by the department to deliver this content. Please note – this is not the DECD RAN version of the course.
Full 1 day (7 modules) and ½ day Refresher sessions are delivered.
The training covers:
- What is child abuse and neglect?
- How to identify it
- Why, when and how to make a notification
- How to respond, support and protect a child or young person who has been abused
Refresher training is also offered for those who have participated in training previously and it has been 3 years since last participating. If you have not participated in a training session for a period greater than 4-5 years then attendance is recommended at the full course.
Length of day: 7 modules, commencing at 9.30am and finishing by 5.00pm.
Participants are expected to attend the whole day.
Scheduled breaks are provided for lunch, morning and afternoon tea.
Refreshers include a summary of the 7 modules and focus on current best practice issues. 3 hours with a refreshment break. Can be held on weekend and week nights.
Who should attend?
This is educative awareness training for anyone who has contact with children and vulnerable people.
E.g. Ministers, Leaders of Sunday School, Youth Group, Pastoral Carers / visitors, Crèche, Childcare, Playgroup, etc,.
The course is open to anyone who would like to understand their legal obligation. It is a requirement that those in placements/positions and in specified ministries/leadership roles will participate and complete training in this field once every three years.
The full day course includes assessment activities. A Certificate of Attendance is posted to all participants after the course.
Courses are conducted around the state and are either hosted by the Presbytery Synod or by individual Congregations.
Okay, so I want to attend a course...
Look at the listed courses on the training page and see if there is one near you. If the course is being hosted by a congregation, you will need to contact them to book. If the Presbytery Synod is hosting the day, you can book and pay online.
Can our church host one?
Congregations are invited to host a course when they have a number of participants and then can open up the remaining places to others. If your congregation would like to do this, please contact the firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com to coordinate with dates and availability of trainers and associated costs.
Find out more: CSE Congregations (595 kb PDF)
Group size: minimum 12 - maximum 25 people. If you have numbers greater than this, a second group can be run. We can also run a full course concurrently with a refresher.