safe church training for the pcv
As part of the PCV's commitment to Safe Church all people who
- hold leadership positions, or
- minister to children under 18, or
- are involved in Pastoral Care
in a PCV congregation or organisation are required to complete the Safe Church Basic Training Course.
- Bible Study Leaders
- Music Ministry Leaders
- Camp Committee Leaders
- All those who work with children under 18 (e.g. Mainly Music, playgroup, Sunday School, youth groups, kids' or holiday clubs, creche and any other ministry to children under 18)
- Pastoral Carers
- Board Members
In 2015, the initial year of training, Board Members were not required to attend training but were welcome to attend. From 1 January 2017 Board Members are mandated to attend Safe Church Basic Training with the commencement of the legislated Victorian Child Safe Standards.
There are 3 forms of Safe Church Training:
1. Basic Training (completed first and once only)
2. The Online Safe Church Refresher Course (a short online presentation to be viewed once every twelve months)
3. Advanced Training - for designated leaders only (see below)
There is no cost for course participation.
PCV Safe Church is a member of the Safe Church Training Agreement. Contact the SCU if you require a completion of training certificate should you require one.
PCV recognises other denominational Safe Church training where the denomination is a member of the Safe Church Training Agreement and where the individual has completed training within the last three years and can provide documentation of this. Contact SCU for further details about this and how this can be recorded by Safe Church Representatives and at SCU.
safe church training for new ministers
In response to requests from our denomination Safe Church Training for New Ministers is now available to assist new ministers in areas such as reporting requirements (including legal responsibilities), resourcing to aide ministering to individuals involved in an abuse-related matter, and, responding to Safe Church scenarios. This training is for both recently graduated or ordained PCV ministers as well as for those ministers and pastoral ministry workers who have recently come to a PCV charge from another denomination. Please contact the Safe Church Facilitator if you would like further details.
The three hour Basic Training course covers the implementation, procedures and practice of the Safe Church Policy and Code of Conduct in all child-related ministries and operations within the denomination. Paid staff and volunteers will not be permitted to take part in any child related ministries without completing the Safe Church Basic Training. People commencing a leadership, pastoral care or child-related role in the PCV for the first time must complete Basic Training within the first 12 months of taking on that role.
In 2016 Basic Training will be available via two means:
- Churches will be able to run their own congregational In-House Basic Training through the use of a kit and the PCV Safe Church YouTube channel - administered by SCRs only and registered with SCU (see below)
- The Safe Church Facilitator will be available to attend your church/presbytery to give the training in person - as a minimum of 20 people is required to hold a training session local congregations or presbyteries may choose to hold one centralised training event. Contact SCU to enquire about holding a Basic Training event with the Safe Church Facilitator
Speak to your congregational Safe Church Representative or contact the SCU to find out how you can attend Basic Training.
Under 18's attending Basic Training
From time to time SCU receives enquiries about under 18-year-olds attending Basic Training. As the training content includes material relating to child abuse and general information about abuse it is not recommended that people aged under 18 attend. However, if a person under 18 wishes to attend they must be at least 16 years old (the age of consent in Victoria) and a signed parental permission form must be completed and returned to the Safe Church Representative prior to attendance. The form can be found here and at the Forms page.
congregational in-house basic training
Safe Church Basic Training is now available online and can be run in congregations following the guidelines below:
1. Safe Church Basic Training can only be held as an official congregational event approved by the Session. To be Safe Church compliant the Session must approve the running of the training event and work with the Safe Church Representative to set the date(s) and location for the training
2. A person will not be compliant with the training requirement by merely watching the videos in their own time - the training must only be facilitated by the Safe Church Representative in an official congregational event with the above approval of the Session
3. The training event must be registered with the SCU prior to occurring to be Safe Church compliant (the registration form is found at step 3 of the Safe Church Basic Training Kit - see link below)
4. Use the Safe Church Basic Training Kit (see link below) to run the training event. The Basic Training videos are on Youtube and an internet connection is required for these to be presented
5. After the training the SCU must be notified of the completion of the event and the names of attendees
FOR SAFE CHURCH REPRESENTATIVES
The Safe Church Basic Training Kit (including registration and notification forms, advice, instructions, material to print and links to the Basic Training videos) enables Safe Church Representatives to hold a training event.
Online Safe Church Refresher Course
As part of the PCV's commitment to Safe Church these same people listed above are required to complete the Safe Church Refresher Course every 12 months. Commencing in 2016, the Safe Church Refresher Course is a brief online presentation available at the PCV Safe Church YouTube Channel, designed to ensure adherence to Safe Church policy, procedure and practice in the intervening time between three-yearly training. An offline version of the Safe Church Refresher Course is available for those people without access to the internet - contact the Safe Church Unit to have this directly posted by mail. Alternatively it can be downloaded here
Safe Church Representatives promote the Refresher Course in their congregation/organisation and direct all mandated people to view the presentation.
Click here for the online Safe Church Refresher Course
Advanced Training covers Safe Church material at a deeper level and in particular focuses on prevention and wider understandings, with more opportunity to work through scenarios in groups. It is delivered to designated leaders in congregations and organisations with particular responsibility for leading and delivering ministry in both general and specific areas. Advanced Training sessions will be offered on a staggered basis across a two year period, commencing early 2018, in order to reach all PCV congregations and organisations. Advanced Training will be delivered by the Safe Church Facilitator.
Basic Training Calendar
As at 1 August 2017 there have been ten open Basic Training events held in 2017 across the PCV - many thanks to the Sessions and Safe Church Representatives that have made this possible.
Please note: New training events are posted here as they are announced - previous dates are removed to avoid confusion
epping PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
773 High Street, Epping
Saturday 2nd September 2017 - 10.15am - 1.45pm
With thanks to the Session of EPC who have approved this as an open training event for the denomination
Morning Tea will be provided - please BYO lunch
Register your attendance up to 48 hours prior by email or text to SCU - 0499 090 449
scots' PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - city
Robert White Hall, 156 Collins Street, Melbourne
Saturday 16th September 2017 - 9.30am - 12.45pm
With thanks to the Session and Staff of Scots' PC who have approved this as an open training event for the denomination
Register your attendance up to 48 hours prior by email or text to SCU - 0499 090 449
point cook PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
The church meets at the Point Cook Air Force Base Chapel (RAAF Williams). You can only attend this training event if you have pre-registered by 20th October - register your attendance by email or text to SCU - 0499 090 449
‘The Chapel of the Holy Trinity’ is at the end of Point Cook Rd, Point Cook VIC 3030 (Melway’s reference 198 J2).
Sunday 29th October 2017 - 1.30pm - 4.45pm
Entrance to the RAAF Base
If you’re visiting the church for the first time, someone from the church will be at the gate to greet you and show where to park and the way to the Chapel. As it is a military base you will need to show ID with a photo on it at the entrance gate (either a driver’s licence or a passport). The guards will then tick your name off the list of attendees and you can come straight into the base.
(The security guards are used to visitors. Many public visitors come onto the base every day to visit the Air Force museum)
People arriving on the day without pre-registration with SCU will not be able to attend due to the requirement to provide a list of attendees to the Base prior to the event.
With thanks to the Session of Point Cook PC who have approved this as an open training event for the denomination