FAQ

 

FAQ
A growing collection of Frequently Asked Questions to assist Safe Ministry Representatives and others in parish ministry:

 

Training

All clergy and lay ministers have the same requirements as anyone who is working with children in your church or ministry.
That means:

  • they must have a verified WWCC and
  • they must be current in their Safe Ministry training – even if their role does not involve them directly working with children.

Things to check for if you are a Safe Ministry Representative:

  • Make sure you have all clergy staff members give you their WWCC details (for recording in your Safe Ministry Records and verifying), and their Safe Ministry Training details (evidence of date of last training, and preferably name of trainer, etc)
  • It’s easy for ministers to forget about renewing their WWCC or Safe Ministry training, so you will be doing them a big favour if you remind them in plenty of time when those dates are coming up.
  • In the past, clergy and lay ministers who hold a license from the Archbishop have gained credit for Safe Ministry training by attending the Faithfulness in Service Conference held every three years. But from 2017 that training credit will no longer exist, so all clergy and lay ministers will need to complete a Safe Ministry ‘Refresher’ course BEFORE June 2017 in to stay current with their training.

Managing Junior Leaders (those under 18 years old) needs as much care as we give the process with adult leaders. Here are the main points:

  • WWCC – Under 18 year olds cannot obtain a WWCC, so they and their parents/guardian must complete this declaration which must then be securely stored with other Safe ministry documents.
    Note: A Junior Leader must have a verified WWCC as soon as they turn 18. This transition is helped by the fact that they can apply from 17 years 9 months of age.
  • Screening – We should be as vigilant with our screening of Junior Leaders as we are with adults (a high percentage of sexual abuse of children is peer-to-peer abuse). So every church should use a comprehensive screening policy such as found in this document.
  • Safe Ministry Training – All Junior Leaders should be current in their Safe ministry Training – just as adult leaders are expected to be.
    The Junior version of the Safe Ministry Training course is designed for Junior Leaders (under 18 years). However, with such a variation in maturity levels of teenagers, some 16-17 year olds can cope with the full course without problem. But this should be managed on a case by case basis with close consultation with the Junior Leader’s parents.
    Note that Youthworks do not offer the Junior Leaders course as part of their Training Weeks, and so a Junior Leader may attend such a course at any nearby church whose Local Safe Ministry Trainer is running it.

Any further questions: please contact the Safe Ministry Representative

 

Administration

 

Screening

A Working With Children Check (WWCC) is a prerequisite for anyone in child-related work in NSW, including volunteer ministry. It includes a national police check and review of findings of misconduct involving children. The result is either a clearance or a bar.
Note: The State government regards the Diocese as the ’employer’ of all Clergy and licensed Lay Ministers, and the local church is the ’employer’ of all volunteers (’employees’) working with under 18 year olds.

Your Responsibility as an Employee

If you work in child-related work in NSW (volunteers and paid workers) you must apply for a WWCC.

  • Complete an online form at www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au to receive an application number.
  • Take the application number and proof of identity to a NSW motor registry. If you are a paid worker, you must also pay an $80 fee for a five year clearance (checks for volunteer workers are free).
  • You will then receive the outcome of your WWCC by email (or post where necessary).

A WWCC clearance is valid for five years. Your employer will request this number from you to verify your Check’s status before you can engage in child-related work.

The Employers’ Responsibility

Employers must verify online all new employees in child-related work before hiring them. The verification process is the same for all child-related workers (paid and unpaid).

An employer must be registered on the WWCC system to be able to verify workers.

To verify the WWCC status of a worker, an employer must login at www.newcheck.kids.nsw.gov.au and enter the worker’s full name, date of birth, and their WWCC number. The status of the WWCC will then appear on-screen.

Employers are required to keep records of child-related workers which include:

  • Full name
  • WWCC number
  • Date and outcome of the Check verification
  • Check expiry date

These records may be electronic or in hard copy format.

The WWCC is valid for five years and during this time, cleared applicants will be subject to ongoing monitoring. Employers who have verified a worker will be contacted if that worker becomes barred before the Check’s five year expiry date. In these circumstances employers will be notified of what action to take with the worker.

Click here to access fact sheets relating to the new WWCC.

Tag: WWCC

All clergy and lay ministers have the same requirements as anyone who is working with children in your church or ministry.
That means:

  • they must have a verified WWCC and
  • they must be current in their Safe Ministry training – even if their role does not involve them directly working with children.

Things to check for if you are a Safe Ministry Representative:

  • Make sure you have all clergy staff members give you their WWCC details (for recording in your Safe Ministry Records and verifying), and their Safe Ministry Training details (evidence of date of last training, and preferably name of trainer, etc)
  • It’s easy for ministers to forget about renewing their WWCC or Safe Ministry training, so you will be doing them a big favour if you remind them in plenty of time when those dates are coming up.
  • In the past, clergy and lay ministers who hold a license from the Archbishop have gained credit for Safe Ministry training by attending the Faithfulness in Service Conference held every three years. But from 2017 that training credit will no longer exist, so all clergy and lay ministers will need to complete a Safe Ministry ‘Refresher’ course BEFORE June 2017 in to stay current with their training.

Managing Junior Leaders (those under 18 years old) needs as much care as we give the process with adult leaders. Here are the main points:

  • WWCC – Under 18 year olds cannot obtain a WWCC, so they and their parents/guardian must complete this declaration which must then be securely stored with other Safe ministry documents.
    Note: A Junior Leader must have a verified WWCC as soon as they turn 18. This transition is helped by the fact that they can apply from 17 years 9 months of age.
  • Screening – We should be as vigilant with our screening of Junior Leaders as we are with adults (a high percentage of sexual abuse of children is peer-to-peer abuse). So every church should use a comprehensive screening policy such as found in this document.
  • Safe Ministry Training – All Junior Leaders should be current in their Safe ministry Training – just as adult leaders are expected to be.
    The Junior version of the Safe Ministry Training course is designed for Junior Leaders (under 18 years). However, with such a variation in maturity levels of teenagers, some 16-17 year olds can cope with the full course without problem. But this should be managed on a case by case basis with close consultation with the Junior Leader’s parents.
    Note that Youthworks do not offer the Junior Leaders course as part of their Training Weeks, and so a Junior Leader may attend such a course at any nearby church whose Local Safe Ministry Trainer is running it.

Any further questions: please contact the Safe Ministry Representative

 

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