October 2023 SMR News

Dear reader,

Welcome to the October Newsletter!

Key Points:
  • Child Safe Standards
  • Upcoming Face to face training

Child Safe Standards

Help needed!
We are developing a resource to support the on-going implementation of the Child Safe Standards within our churches. We know there are already some great examples of where churches are implementing the Standards and invite you to share those with us at the ODSM to include in the resource.

You may wish to list each Standard and then examples of how you are implementing. We plan to develop a comprehensive guide drawn from what is already part of the practice of churches as well as from other sources.

You can email myself ros@safeministry.org.au or if you would prefer to have a phone conversation let me know and I can make a time to discuss.
Thank you in advance for your contribution.

On 1 February 2022, the NSW Child Safe Scheme commenced. Religious organisations providing services to children are required under the Children’s Guardian Act 2019 to demonstrate how they are implementing the Child Safe Standards.
The Standards provide a principle-based framework to help organisations working with children develop strategies and to create a culture that keeps children safe and protects them from harm.

Child Safe Standards
  1. Child safety is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture
  2. Children participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously
  3. Families and communities are informed and involved
  4. Equity is upheld and diverse needs are taken into account
  5. People working with children are suitable and supported
  6. Processes to respond to complaints of child abuse are child-focused
  7. Staff are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through continual education and training
  8. Physical and online environments minimise the opportunity for abuse to occur
  9. Implementation of the Child Safe Standards is continuously reviewed and improved
  10. Policies and procedures document how the organisation is child safe.

Face to face training

Dates and locations for the remainder of 2023

Saturday 11 November 2023

(Please note updated since last newsletter)
St Paul’s Anglican Church, Chatswood | Essentials | 9am – 3pm
Christ Church Anglican Church, Mortdale | Essentials | 9am – 3pm
Newport Anglican Church, Newport
| Essentials | 9am – 3pm
All Saint’s Anglican Church, Nowra | Essentials | 9am – 3pm
Life Anglican Church, Riverstone | Refresher | 9am – 12.30pm
St George’s Anglican Church, Gerringong | Refresher | 9am – 12.30pm
St Michael’s Anglican Cathedral, Wollongong | Refresher | 9am – 12.30pm

Enrolments are now open.
Please encourage those in your church who would benefit from face to face training to get in and enrol - and be prepared to assist them if necessary with the technology.

Useful info:
  • Applicants for face to face training need to have an account on the Safe Ministry Training website, log in and enrol in the course.
  • Once they complete the course, they will be emailed their certificate a day or so later, and a copy of their certificate details sent to you, their SMR.
All details of upcoming training are available any time on https://safeministry.training/face-to-face-training/

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SMR Facebook Group

A reminder that we have a private Facebook group just for SMR's
  • A safe and private place for SMR's to ask questions, support each other, share ideas or solutions to problems, etc
  • The address is: https://www.facebook.com/groups/173114257798286
  • Involvement in this group is entirely optional - but it is proving to be a useful extra channel for SMR's to chat amongst themselves and pose questions.

Keeping up to date with news

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That's it for this edition! Back soon with more info about what is happening in the Safe Ministry scene.

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With warm regards

Ros Lloyd
Parish Consultant - Safe Ministry Team
02 9265 1502
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