Culture of Safety policies and decisions
BUC Church Council has adopted the policies and procedures recommended by the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania. These are updated from time to time, and can be found on the Keeping Children Safe website.
Working with children / Appointed leaders
Among other applications of this policy, we have determined that all staff and volunteers who work with children as part of BUC activities must have a current Working With Children registration that names BUC, and must attend Culture of Safety training every two years.
The same applies to all “appointed leaders” within BUC, regardless of whether they work directly with children. Church Council has considered the meaning of this term in our context, in light of advice from Synod.
- The general definition is “people who are in a position of trust, influence or authority because of their leadership role within the congregation, including but not limited to elders, church councillors, worship leaders, anyone involved in children and youth events/programs/ activities, anyone commissioned by the Church Council to perform a leadership role, music leaders and organists, bible study and small group leaders”.
- We consider “worship leaders” to include all Liturgists, but not everyone who reads from the Bible or leads prayers from time to time.
- We consider “music leaders” to include all Music Team Co-ordinators, but not everyone who sings or plays an instrument.
Besides our commitment to protect children in our midst, we are also committed to protecting vulnerable adults. The WWCC is a relevant and useful safeguard for this purpose. The Church Council and Culture of Safety Contact person should identify any committee members or other volunteers, not already covered by the existing policies, who should be required to maintain a valid WWCC on this basis. The Pastoral Care Committee (including its three Teams) and the Student House Committee have been identified for this purpose.
The current Culture of Safety training programme is strongly focused on keeping children safe. Where BUC staff and committees interact only with vulnerable adults and not with children, our Safe Church Contact Person will initiate conversations to develop guidelines for the protection of vulnerable people in lieu of Church Council requiring attendance at Culture of Safety training.
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