Each year, the General Secretary asks each Presbytery to gather information from all congregations to demonstrate compliance with their obligations to provide a safe environment for the children they are ministering to. Obligations include:
- all church councils formally adopt the Policy annually and comply with the requirement of the Act and Regulation for a ‘Child and Youth Risk Management Strategy’
- a council resolution be made if the congregation determines not to conduct child related activity
- all people working with children are screened, trained, sign a statement of personal commitment to child safety and be approved by the church council before commencing. This screening includes interviews, referee checks and linking of blue cards.
Some new resources have been developed to assist congregations and presbyteries to gather the information. A model minutes template for church councils and presbyteries as well as a template for church councils to make a resolution to not undertake child-related activities have been provided. (Click on the links).A resource has been attached to this update, which includes the information required in a register of volunteers.