ACC SAFER CHURCHES

 

 

No matter who we minister to, we want that ministry to be safe, encouraging and strengthening for both those being ministered to and those who are serving within that ministry. ACC VIC safer churches provides training workshops for credential holders, board members and volunteers in safer church ministry. The ACC VIC Safer Churches Officer ( Ps Mark Bates - 0409 941 463 ) can also provide assistance and advice to churches as they implement safer church guidelines and procedures and if they have the need to report an incident.

Safer Churches national helpline: 1800 070 511

Safer Churches Training

 

All ACC Credential and Certificate holders are required to complete Child Protection Training to maintain their Credential/Certificate. A refresher course is required every three years, in line with best practice and accepted standards. Before commencing the credential process, Senior Pastors are to ensure that candidates have completed the required Safer Churches training.

 

ACC has developed the following training options in conjunction with Safe Ministry Resources (SMR) for all ACC people and pastors:

 

  • Safer Churches Induction online
    This training is a requirement for all ACC Credential holders, or those applying for a credential who have not completed the face-to-face Induction workshop. 
    This is in depth training and is also recommended for Board members and key team leaders, particularly those in Children’s or Youth Ministry. This training was updated this year to reflect the National Principles of Child Safety as adopted by COAG in February 2019. This edition also includes changes to legislation across several States and Territories.
    This training can be done individually or as a facilitated group.
    – Click below to access course – 

  • Safer Churches Refresher online
    All ACC Credential holders or those applying for a credential must update their Safer Churches training every three years.
    This training is for those who have previously completed the face-to-face (or online) Induction workshop and includes updates to legislative requirements and best practice in Safer Churches ministry.
    This training can be done individually or as a facilitated group.
    – Click below to access course –

  • Safer Churches Essentials for Volunteers online
    This new training was launched in June 2019 to make accessing training of volunteers even easier for all churches.
    This training is suitable for all volunteers and covers:
         • ACC Child Protection Policy and Safer Churches Guidelines for team ministry
         • Boundaries, codes of conduct and duty of care
         • Identifying and responding to concerns about harm
    This training can be done individually or as a facilitated group.
    This training is not suitable for ACC Credential Holders, or those applying for a credential.
    – Click below to access course –

 

 

National Police Check

 

As part of the ACC credential process, candidates are required to provide a National Police Check.

 

To apply for a police check online, please click here.

Local Church Safer Churches Resources

 

ACC local churches, as self-governing entities, bear the ultimate responsibility for implementing the ACC Safer Churches strategy in their church.

 

The ACC Child Protection Policy was adopted at the 2015 National Conference with an implementation date of 1 December 2015.

 

To assist ACC local churches and pastors with implementing the Safer Churches strategy, tools and resources are available to download from our National website – access.acc.org.au

 

For further resources to assist you with implementing your Safer Churches strategy please refer to:

 

https://childsafe.humanrights.gov.au/tools-resources/links-resources

 

https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications

 

https://professionals.childhood.org.au/resources/

 

In keeping with National Child Safe Principles 3, 7 and 8, ACC is committed to providing resources for parents, carers, children and young people, as well as those who are ministering to families in any way. The following sites provide helpful information in regards to safety and access to support. As these are secular websites, they may include some content that is not consistent with ACC beliefs, so discretion may be required when using these sites.

 

https://www.esafety.gov.au/

 

https://headspace.org.au/

 

Redress and Survivor Support

 

ACC recognises the enormous impact child sexual abuse has in a person’s life. For information and support go to:

 

https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/contact

 

https://www.nationalredress.gov.au/