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The road ahead: informed by our past, navigating the path before us.

Thursday 21 – Friday 22 July 2011

Thornleigh Community Baptist Church

15-17 Duffy Avenue

Thornleigh NSW Australia


Registration: DOWNLOAD THIS FILE and mail to PO Box 199 Queen Victoria Building, NSW 1230

or fax to 02 9262 4514

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SAFE AS CHURCHES? 5 The road ahead: informed by our past, navigating the path ahead, is a two day conference offering opportunities for learning, networking, sharing experiences and deepening insights into: reducing & preventing abuse and harm in churches; and healing responses to those harmed.

 

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The SCTA Standards

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The Safe Church Training Agreement (SCTA)  facilitates: quality, sustainable, accessible, Safe Church ministry training.

The SCTA is a self-funded administration service providing:

- national standards for Safe Church training program's

- co endorsement process for Safe Church workshop presenters

- national coordination of our training partners Safe Church workshops via the SCTA calendar

- National registration of SCTA endorsed training via the Safe Church database

- SCTA website: safechurches.org.au


Currently 32 Christian organisations (diocese/denominations/synods/state bodies) are members of the SCTA. Of these 32, 14 provide co-endorsed training through a set of agreed upon standards. These 14 groups are known as the SCTA endorsed training partners.

Details of SCTA endorsed workshops conducted by our SCTA training partners, can be found on the Calendar link of this webpage.

(Updated May 2013)


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What is holistic Safe Church ministry?

Holistic Safe Church ministry is fulfilling and integrating our pastoral, legal (child protection, duty of care, due diligence), insurance, risk management, denominational (structural) and ethical responsibilities, including the provision of high quality prevention and response strategies for critical incident, abuse, misconduct and grievance related issues. The aim of holistic Safe Church ministry is God-honouring, abuse free, harm free, person valuing and respecting ministry. Ministry which keeps all people physically, emotionally and spiritually safe, and where it fails to do so responds with love, compassion and justice.
 
 
 
The following diagrams illustrate the idea of holistic Safe Church ministry using the metaphor of a cliff - where prevention is seen as the proactive 'fences' we build at the top of the cliff to stop harm from occurring,  and the 'ambulance' at the bottom of the cliff as the reactive response when dispite our best effort people are harmed. A holistic approach integrates a good 'fence' and a high quality 'ambulance'.
 
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Current Feature - March 2010

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Finding the Balance Conference

Health and Restoration for Churches, Victims & Sex-Offenders - Melbourne March 20, 2010

Organised by the Victorian Professional Standards Units Network.

This was a day of awareness raising and education to:

  • Develop our churches’ awareness of the issues of sex offending
  • Provide information to make churches safer places
  • Suggest strategies to assist churches to be places of healing for  victims and sex—offenders
  • To find the balance between punitive hysteria and dangerously naïve grace

KEY NOTE addresses

Dr Sophie Reeves has majored in community, clinical and forensic psychology working in both private practice and with Forensic Care. She has years of experience in assessing and treating sex offenders.

Chris O’Connor, A.P.M. Detective Senior Sergeant, Victoria Police

Chris has conducted seminars around the world in the area of sexual abuse and crimes and is the author of a book alerting parents and children to the dangers of sexual predators. Since beginning as a uniformed policemen in the 70’s, He has undertaken study and research in criminology, police management and education and been involved in several investigations into  murder and sexual abuse. Chris’ experience and expertise will inform us how sex-offenders and the justice system interact aiming to protect and keep our community safe.

Tim Dyer, Theologian and Psychologist,  John Mark Ministries

Tim has presented seminars in this area extensively and has developed risk assessment tools and strategies for churches using rings of safety.

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About the Safe Church Training Agreement (SCTA)

The SCTA aims to make Australian Churches safer places by facilitating collaborative, quality Safe Church Awareness Training within the Australian Christian church context.

The SCTA is self-funded initiative of the NCCA. It invited Christian organisations to partner together by recognising endorsed Safe Church Workshops which are conducted by our SCTA Training Partners.

Safe Church Workshops cover the areas of duty of care, vulnerable people protection (including children), good leadership practice, safe leaders, and safe programs.

The SCTA is not a product, but rather a commitment of Australian churches and Christian organisations to work together towards safer churches.  All SCTA endorsed training is conducted by our SCTA Training Partners.

Each year SCTA members contribute a membership fee which enables human resources:

  • for the National coordination of the SCTA Endorsed Workshops,
  • management of training records via the National SCTA Training Database, and
  • a National Hub for Safe Church information and queries

SCTA National Standards

The Standards exist to:

  • Set a high standard for Safe Church programs throughout the Australian church
  • Provide an instrument to be used by christian organisations to audit their own training programs
  • Provide the framework for endorsement of SCTA Training Partners

The national standards can be found here.

SCTA Involvement Levels - Members and Training Partners

There are two levels of participation within this initiative.

SCTA Members: These are Christian organisations who agree to recognise endorsed Safe Church Worskshop.

SCTA Training Partners: Once a member, organisiations can seek to offer other cross demominational training by becoming an SCTA Training Partners.

 

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If you wish to report concerns about misconduct or abuse within a particular church, denomination or religious group, click here to find the correct contact.

For information about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responces to Child Sexual Abuse, including Final Report released 15 December 2017, click here.

For information about Working with Children Checks (WWCC) please see the bottom of our resources page here.

For information on Child Safe Standards for faith communities click here.

Training available consists of a Safe Church Awareness Workshop (approx 6 hours) and a Safe Church Refresher Workshop (approx 3 hours).  For workshop times click here.
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SCTA Training Partners are:

  • Members of the SCTA
  • Conduct Safe Church workshops:
    • using material that is produced by the SCTA, OR
    • using their own material that has been endorsed by the SCTA (i.e. meets the SCTA training standards)

Our current SCTA Training Partners are:

  • Anglican Diocese of Bendigo
  • Anglican Diocese of Gippsland
  • Anglican Diocese of Grafton
  • Anglican Diocese of Sydney
  • Anglican Diocese of Wangaratta
  • Baptist Association of NSW & ACT
  • Baptist Union of Tasmania
  • Baptist Union of Victoria
  • Baptist Union of WA
  • Catholic Diocese of Bathurst
  • Churches of Christ Vic/Tas
  • Churches of Christ Qld
  • Foursquare Gospel Church
  • Life Church International (Australia)
  • Lutheran Church of Australia
  • Uniting Church of Australia NSW & ACT Synod
  • Uniting Church of Australia Victoria & Tasmania Synod
  • Uniting Church of Australia WA Synod

 

The full list of our current Safe Church Training Agreement Members follows:

  • Anglican Diocese of Bendigo
  • Anglican Diocese of Rockhampton
  • Anglican Diocese of Southern Queensland
  • Anglican Diocese of Gippsland
  • Anglican Diocese of Grafton
  • Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
  • Anglican Diocese of Riverina
  • Anglican Diocese of Sydney
  • Anglican Diocese of Wangaratta
  • Baptist Association of NSW & ACT
  • Baptist Union of Tasmania
  • Baptist Union of Victoria
  • Baptist Union of WA
  • Catholic Diocese of Ballarat
  • Catholic Diocese of Bathurst
  • Chinese Christian Church
  • Christ Evangelical Centre of Australia
  • Churches of Christ Vic/Tas
  • Churches of Christ Qld
  • Coptic Orthodox Church Sydney and Affiliated Regions
  • Deo Gloria Family of Churches
  • Foursquare Gospel Church
  • Fresh Hope (Churches of Christ NSW/ACT)
  • Fusion Australia
  • International Network of Churches
  • Life Church International (Australia)
  • Lutheran Church of Australia
  • Meadow View Baptist Church Inc
  • Presbyterian Church Australia NSW, SA, NT, WA
  • Presbyterian Church Victoria
  • Reformed Evangelical Church of Australia Inc (RECA)
  • Reformed Presbyterian Church of Australia
  • Riverview Church
  • Safe Ministry Training Online
  • Southern Districts Alliance Church
  • The Salvation Army Australian Eastern Territory
  • Uniting Church of Australia Northern Synod
  • Uniting Church of Australia NSW & ACT Synod
  • Uniting Church of Australia Victoria & Tasmania Synod
  • Uniting Church of Australia WA Synod
  • Southern Cross Centre WA

Find out about membership here.

 SCTA members 2019 as at June 2019

 

Details for upcoming SCTA presenter training:

There are currently no new presenter training workshops planned for the remainder of 2019.

SafeChurch Presenter Application Form (online) can be completed here.

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Please note the folowing documents:

SCTA presenter endorsement process

SCTA Safe Church Awareness Workshop presenter application 2018 (hard copy)

 

 

 

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