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Safe Places | Has your church appointed a Safety Contact Person?

Monday, 11 December 2017

Each Affiliate is required to appoint a Safety Contact Person to be the local point of contact for any concerns about safety.

This responsibilities of the role may vary from church to church depending on church or agency size, relevant skill sets of leaders, and the administrative setup of your organisation. Many churches have chosen to appoint two people to this role, a male and a female. Keep in mind also that it doesn’t need to be someone already in a leadership role. In fact, the nature of this role means it is often suited to people who aren’t already busy with additional responsibilities. It is more important that they be approachable, calm, mature, and good under pressure.

Minimum responsibilities:

  • Receive all complaints, concerns, and queries about abuse & misconduct.
  • Assist in the reporting of concerns to the relevant authorities (in conjunction with other relevant leaders).
  • Ensure the provision of pastoral care and debriefing with persons who have concerns about abuse and/or misconduct.
  • Keep private and confidential records, ensuring they are securely stored (central point of contact).

Possible additional responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the Redbook program for the affiliate.
  • Maintain a record of Working with Children Checks and Police Checks for all leaders.
  • Maintain training attendance record for leaders.
  • Provide First Aid at church services and activities.

Please note: the Safety Contact Person is not responsible for the implementation of all safe ministry procedures, processes, risk assessments, etc. Safety is a collective effort and all leaders have a responsibility to ensure that activities are run safely, and that codes of conduct are adhered to.

Everyone should know who the Safety Contact Person is at the church and how to contact them. For example, commission or introduce them during services and regular programs or activities. Introduce them specifically in person to the children and vulnerable adult ministries. Advertise their photo, name, phone number, and email address in common areas (i.e. notice boards, church website, on permission forms, newsletters and in printed materials).

For more information on Safe Places, including ongoing training opportunities go to www.churchesofchrist.org.au/safeplaces.



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