The Uniting Church in Australia is committed to providing safe places where people are cared for, nurtured and sustained. The Uniting Church dedicates itself to the care, protection and safety of all people relating to its congregations, agencies and schools. Duty of Care is the legal and moral responsibility we have to ensure the safety of those in our care. Duty of care involves risk management: anticipating and avoiding foreseeable harm, or risk of harm, and minimising risk.
What does this mean?
The Uniting Church in Western Australia is entrusted to provide a safe environment for all people to encounter God, to deepen relationships and grow in faith. We believe that every person is precious to God and that in following Jesus’ example we are called to care for all people, especially those who are vulnerable.
We commit to being a community which:
• provides and maintains a welcoming and safe environment
• offers suitable and well-equipped leadership
• provides a level of resourcing that reflects the value of all people
• provides clear and appropriate Duty of Care guidelines
Our new Safe Church Policy reflects the commitment statements outlined above to protect vulnerable people, provide safe leaders and ensure safe environments, ministry and programs under the banner of the Uniting Church. The WA Synod recommends that each congregation, faith community, congregational community service, school, college and caring agency download a copy and become familiar with and commit to this Policy. Contact Cindy Gorton if you need help understanding and implementing it or have any questions.
For further information about our Safe Church Awareness Workshops go to:
Safe Church Training
Cindy Gorton on 9260 9846 or email@example.com