A key element of making your programs safe is to ensure you have the right leadership.
There are many steps you can take.
The Culture of Safety Unit has developed a Recruitment, Screening and Supervision handbook which encompasses all the resources you’ll need to support the volunteers and leaders in your congregation.
These resources will help if you are recruiting volunteers and to use with your existing volunteers, particularly those working directly with children or vulnerable adults.
All congregations within the Synod of Victoria and Tasmania must meet the legal obligations of their state for Working With Children Checks or Registration to work with Vulnerable People.
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Appointed or religious leaders are people who are in a position of trust, influence or authority because of their leadership role within a congregation.
A child or vulnerable adult who encounters a church leader, whether in the church or in the wider community, should be able to trust that person.
An appointed leader is any non-ordained layperson undertaking a role within the community of the congregation or a ministry.
It’s essential to note that all appointed leaders, and active and retired ministry agents who wish to retain their marriage license require a Working with Children Check (Vic) or Working with Vulnerable People Check (Tas).
In policy, in addition to all active ministry agents, an “appointed leader” includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Church councillors
- Worship leaders
- Pastoral carers
- Anyone commissioned or requested by the Church Council to perform an appointed leader role
- Bible readers
- Music leaders and organists
- Bible study leaders
- Anyone who works/volunteers with children, young or vulnerable people.
In any areas of uncertainty, please seek clarity from the Culture of Safety unit.
We recommend all prospective volunteers and employees have their VIT or WWCC/VP credentials checked via these tools: