Safe Places Review

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

From CCVT eNews October 2015

Affinity, the document that describes the relationship between CCVT and affiliates, includes a commitment by churches and agencies to value the story and reputation of CCVT by “Ensuring our ministry and mission activities are safe places for all people”. This commitment is a central tenet in CCVT being the Renewal Movement God is calling us to be, together doing better at building Communities of Hope and Compassion, and developing Leaders to lead them.

It is rather obvious really, how can affiliated churches and agencies be a Community of Hope and Compassion without also being a safe place for everybody? How can Leaders lead these Communities unless they intentionally live out and promote a culture of safety, with associated practices, accountabilities and supervision?

As a way of engaging the Renewal Challenge more deeply, and as a further expression of being a Renewal Movement, CCVT will commence an externally conducted ‘root and branch’ review of all policies related to ethical standards and conduct for People in Ministry (including their ongoing endorsement/accreditation), other staff, and for people working with children and youth. The review will also provide advice on additional policies and codes that may be required for volunteer church leaders like deacons, board members, elders and other office-holders, and including all who may be involved in leadership of a church or agency’s public gatherings. Recommendations from this review may result in amendments and/or additions to Affinity; any proposed changes will be placed before churches in a manner similar to the Affinity conversations finalized in 2012.

This is the time for fresh eyes to review and make recommendations about existing and future policies, procedures and practices. We see this as a logical next step of being a Renewal Movement that is seeking to do better at building Communities of Hope and Compassion, and developing the Leaders to lead them. You will hear more about this process soon.

Milton Oliver—CCVT Chair
Paul Cameron—CCVT EO

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