Thursday, 27 July 2017
Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania (CCVT) aims to support all our Affiliates to be communities of hope and compassion that are safe places for everyone. One of the ways we have traditionally done this is through the central administration of the ChildSafe and Safety Management Online (SMO) program for our Affiliates.
ChildSafe is a child protection and safety management organisation that provides training for those working specifically in children’s ministry. SMO is the ChildSafe management tool for tracking compliance.
The cost for the printed training resources and access to the Safety Management Online (SMO) program is currently paid entirely by CCVT for all the churches who participate in it. It is a significant expense benefiting only around a quarter of our Affiliates.
In an effort to be good stewards of our resources, we have been cleaning up the SMO database by archiving inactive churches and individuals. We are also moving to a 'user pays' system from 1 Jan 2018. This means that while CCVT will continue to centrally administrate the program, the cost of printed materials and SMO user fees will be passed back to the churches that are using them.
This will enable CCVT to provide further resources for all churches who need them in a more fair and equitable way.
If you have any questions regarding the new arrangements, or would like further information on how CCVT can support and resource your church to be a safe place, please contact:
CCVT Safe Places Coordinator
03 9488 8800.
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