Safe Church Training Courses
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-dates page for upcoming dates.
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
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 “Safe Environments – Through their eyes”
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 dates 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 email@example.com to coordinate with dates and availability of trainers and associated costs.
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.
Called to Care Orientation Sessions
For our ministry to be effective we need to incorporate safe and best practices in leadership, in our programs, our actions, our behaviours and within our facilities.
Called to Care promotes and assists the Uniting Church community with relevant information about ensuring a safe physical, emotional and spiritual environment for us all.
Called to Care orientation sessions are now being offered around the state. Key congregational office holders and key leaders will gather to explore what it means to create a safe community.
Called to Care is people centred when considering:
- Pastoral care
- Risk management for People and Property
- Healthy governance
- Up to date employment/volunteer practices
Child Safe Environments – Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training will continue to be conducted and compliments this program
Please check the training dates calendar now for opportunities to participate.
If your church would like to host a session in 2019, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Code of Ethics Training
Code of Ethics refresher sessions are provided for Ministers and those in ministry placements. Participation in refreshers is required once every three years following completion of the full Code of Ethics “The Essentials” course (which is run by UCLT).