The Christian revelation orients us towards being a community in which we recognise the sacredness of every person amongst us, and the responsibility of the community to ensure that sacredness is honoured and protected. The Safe Ministry with Children policy and suite of resources have been developed to enable us to build practices in our lives that will enhance our capacity to show that sacredness in concrete ways. These resources will help ensure that in our ministry with children we are strongly aware of what we need to do to keep them safe, and set an environment in which they can experience the love of God toward them. I encourage you to embrace these resources in the spirit of our call as the church to build communities of faith, hope and love that bear witness to the life of the promised Kingdom of God.
Rev Dave Baker
Moderator, Queensland Synod
The church council is responsible for the oversight of all activities with children within the congregation, and will oversee a local structure which is appropriate for the congregation size, taking into account availability of suitable leaders, local need and demographic. Synod and presbytery committees with oversight of events for children are considered to have the same obligations as those described for church councils.
The Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening) Act 2000 and the Working With Children (Risk Management and Screening) Regulation 2011 have certain requirements relating to these activities. Overseeing safe ministry with children is a guide to assist with the implementation of the policy and, when used with the suite of tools is intended to support church councils to work through their obligations under the Act. There may be additional requirements depending upon the activities undertaken by the church council.