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.
Similarly Uniting Church 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. 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.
Quite simply this means: doing all we can do to ensure that NO harm and/or distress has been caused.
People expect our churches to be a safe place – they TRUST us and we should honor that.
As such, we commit to being a community which:
The WA Synod Safe Church Policy reflects the commitment statements outlined above to protect vulnerable people, provide safe leaders and ensure safe environments, ministry and programs run under the banner of the Uniting Church. We recommend that each congregation, faith community, congregational community service, school, college and caring agency downloads a copy of the Safe Church Policy and commits to this Policy.
Risk management is something we do every day and is part of being good stewards of God’s creation.
Risk management is about influencing the choices we make, and the process engages to be pro-active in mitigating our exposures and enhancing our opportunities for improvements. In sum, risk management is a process of steps that enable us to continually improve our decision making.
In the past, we have relied on the transfer of risks through insurance for much of the protection needed. However, we need to broaden our risk control measures to understand the nature of our risks more holistically and reduce our potential exposures, in financial and non-financial terms.
The Uniting Church WA’s risk management program is part of an official policy being rolled out across the Church nationwide. While this is based within an ethical framework, it is important to remember we have commercial and legal obligations to meet and strive for best practice in our corporate governance.
To facilitate your development of risk management practices within your Congregation, the Uniting Church Insurance Services (UCIS) has developed a set of documents for you to review and adapt to meet your needs.
For further information about risk management, contact:
Insurance and Risk Manager
(08) 9260 9832
The Uniting Church in Australia respects a person’s right to privacy.
If you need assistance or have any questions about Safe Church, please contact:
Safe Church/ Royal Commission Officer
Phone: 9260 9846
Phone: (08) 9260 9800 or 1300 736 692
Postal Address: GPO Box M952, Perth WA 6843
Physical Address: 85-89 Edward St, Perth