The Uniting Church affirms that all people are made in the image of God. The Uniting Church commits itself to the care, protection and safety of all people with whom it comes in contact. As a community of faith, we are committed to providing a safe environment for both children and adults to encounter God, to develop relationships as part of a community and to grow in faith.
Congregations and leaders who work with children, young people and other vulnerable people in the Uniting Church play important parts not only in support, care, and spiritual nourishment but in actively looking out for safety and protection.
To assist church councils and other leaders understand their obligations and resources to assist, the Synod runs Safe Church Awareness Workshops and provides online access to a collection of templates and policies for congregations to make use of.
Who should attend Safe Church Workshops?
Church Council and Elders, Pastoral leaders, Ministers, Ministry program leaders and helpers, including those working with children/youth and in SRE/Scripture in schools.
Workshop content includes Safe Church foundations, duty of care, child protection, protecting vulnerable people, understanding and responding to abuse, safe leadership, recruitment and supervision, safety in programs and environments, Uniting Church policy and procedures.
For upcoming Safe Church workshop dates click here.
To register online for upcoming workshops click here.
Contact Emma Parr and the team at UME today to find your nearest Safe Church Workshop, or to request a workshop for your local church community via email firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 8838 8900.
For access to congregation resources (templates, etc.) click here.