Safe Church and Professional Standards

Our Commitment

The Uniting Church Western Australia is entrusted to provide a safe emotional, spiritual and physical environment for all people to encounter God, to deepen relationships and grow in faith. We are committed to a high level of professional standards to ensure that all our leaders are well-equipped, suitably recruited, trained and resourced to do this.

Our Duty of Care

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.

The Gospel also directs us to listen to and learn from children. (National Child Safe Policy Framework v3 September 2019).

Our duty of care is the moral and legal responsibility we have to ensure the safety of those in our care.

Discharging our duty of care means that we think through what is safe and/or risky, then put plans in place to ensure that we act safely.

What does this mean for you?

People expect our churches to be a safe place – you TRUST us and we should honour that.

As such, we commit to being a community which:

  • provides and maintains a welcoming and safe environment
  • ensures 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
  • addresses any complaints or allegations of abuse appropriately.

Safe Church links and resources

The Culture of Safety team has continued to develop and update a range of Safe Church resources, guides, templates and forms to assist churches to remain safe places for all.

These are available through ourt Safe Church Resources page, which is password protected. Note: To request the password, please contact the Culture of Safety Team by phone: (08) 9260 9800 or email:

Here are some other useful resources to assist you in your work:

Contact Us

If you need assistance, access to Safe Church resources, or have any questions, please contact:

Cindy Gorton
Executive Officer, Culture of Safety
Phone: 9260 9800
Mail: Mark correspondence “Confidential – Attn: Culture of Safety Unit”
Uniting Church Western Australia
GPO Box M952
Perth  WA 6843

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