February 2024 SMR News

Dear reader,

Welcome to the February Newsletter!

Key Points:
  • Safe Ministry parish consultations
  • WWCC online renewals
  • Face to face training - PROMOTE February/March courses in your church
  • SMR Zoom 101 Workshops

Welcome to 2024

Safe Ministry Consultations

Would you like to improve safe ministry practices in your church in 2024?

Then participate in a Safe Ministry Parish Consultation.

A Safe Ministry Parish consultation provides an opportunity to obtain feedback about your church’s safe ministry practices and receive recommendations for making improvements as part of your church’s continuous improvement process.

Since 2022 under the NSW Child Safe Scheme churches are required to implement the 10 Child Safe Standards.
A Parish consultation can assist your church to:
- Highlight where your church is already meeting the Standards
- Bring to light gaps in implementation and develop a plan for continuous improvement
Additionally the consultation will review compliance with the Safe Ministry to Children Ordinance 2020.

What’s involved?
+ Completing an online Child Safe Standards Self-Assessment tool
+ Meeting with the Parish Consultant and relevant staff in your church
+ Receive a Report which includes recommendations for improving Safe Ministry practices.

If you are interested and/or want to find out more information email the Parish Consultant ros@safeministry.org.au

WWCC Renewals

WWCC renewals are now available online.
WWCC expires after five years. Individuals are notified by email three months before expiry and can renew from this time.

Applicants need:

  • a MyServiceNSW account with the WWCC service added
  • three current identity documents including a NSW driver licence or photo card
  • a device with a working front camera for face verification
  • a credit card, debit card, Paypal or PayID account if payment is required.

The WWCC renewal online service is safe and secure. Service NSW does not store images of faces. The service is optional and people can still renew in-person at Service NSW centres.

For further information visit the Service NSW website

    Face to face training

    Saturday 17 February 2024 – Registration open

    Course enrolments close 48hrs prior to the event

    Safe Ministry Essentials | 9.00am – 3.00pm
    St James Anglican Church, Turramurra
    Jannali Anglican Church

    Safe Ministry Refresher | 9.00am – 12.30pm
    St Paul’s Anglican Church, Canterbury
    Oak Flats Anglican Church

    Saturday 23 March 2024

    Registrations open 4-5 weeks prior to the event

    Safe Ministry Essentials | 9.00am – 3.00pm
    St John’s Anglican Church, Beecroft
    St George’s Anglican Church, Gerringong
    Wilton Anglican Church
    St Andrew’s House, Town Hall

    Safe Ministry Refresher | 9.00am – 12.30pm
    St Andrew’s House, Town Hall
    Merrylands Anglican Church

    Dates for 2024 - Locations will be confirmed closer to each date.
    Saturday 15 June 2024
    Saturday 31 August 2024
    Saturday 16 November 2024

    Please encourage those in your church who would benefit from face to face training to 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/.

    New and new-ish Safe Ministry Reps - Zoom Workshops

    The next SMR 101 Zoom workshops will happen in February/March 2024.
    If you are new (or new-ish) to the role of SMR, then invest an hour in this workshop and reap the benefits!
    No booking or rego required - just boot up your device at the right time and click the appropriate link below. Have your questions and a notebook ready!

    Two days/times - identical content.
    • Thursday February 29th @ 10:00am - 11:00am
    Zoom link

    • Wednesday March 6th @ 07:30pm - 08:30pm
    Zoom link

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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

    Newsletter Archive
    An archive of all SMR Newsletters (since we moved to our new system) is available here.
    Email alerts
    Your can subscribe to email alerts system for new content on the safeministry.org.au website:

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

    If you are no longer the SMR for your church, please unsubscribe using the link below and drop me an email to let me know.

    With warm regards

    Ros Lloyd
    Parish Consultant - Safe Ministry Team
    02 9265 1502
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