As a church community, CoroUniting takes the safety of the children in our care very seriously. The new Working with Children Checks that need to be undertaken for anyone in a role of responsibility with children are an important part of this.
Working with Children Checks
Working with Children Checks (WWCCs) are a government assessment to check whether or not an individual is safe to work with children.
See our Working with Children Checks resource page for further information.
Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect
Any person who works or volunteers in a church is obliged by law to notify the Department for Child Protection (formerly Families SA) if they suspect on reasonable grounds that a child or young person has been or is being abused or neglected and the suspicion is formed in the course of the person's work (whether paid or voluntary) or in carrying out official duties.
Notification to the Child Abuse Report Line (13 14 78) must be made as soon as practicable after the person forms the suspicion. See below for more information.
Safe Environments Training
Part of the church's ongoing best practices is to provide training opportunities for people to understand their legal responsibility for Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect. We offer the “Safe Environments – Through their eyes” training course. This is the standard accredited package with all trainers approved by the department to deliver this content, however please note that this is not the DECD RAN version of the course. This educative awareness training is for anyone who has contact with children and vulnerable people and covers:
More information, including training dates can be found on the SA Synod Safe Church Training Courses web page.
CoroUniting church will cover the cost of anyone working or volunteering with children within the church who would like to undergo this course. Please contact our Safe Church Congregation Liaison (Sue Laycock) to make the necessary arrangements.
Reporting concerns and matters of abuse
Current situations: If you believe a child or adult is in immediate danger please call SA Police on 000.
If the concern relates to a child at risk of harm or potentially at risk call the Child Abuse Report Line (CARL) on 13 14 78.
If any of the above involves any person in a leadership / role of responsibility within the church please notify the Safe Church Committee by telephoning (08) 8236 4268 or by email.
Can't find your ID?
If you have a current, valid Uniting Church Screening Check (ie. the old 'Police Check') and you can't find your ID you can recover this via this online portal.
Additional Screening Checks and further resources
Certain roles within the life of the church require additional Screening Checks as detailed on our Duty of Care at CoroUniting resource page.
See the linked documents and website for further details including links to:
A group of us (Simon, Jethro, David, Wes Chambers, Heather Cheesman, Tom Kaesler and Sue Thompson) have recently started a 2-year [Building a Discipling Culture](https://www.bdc.org.au/) (BDC) coaching journey with [Tim Piesse](https://www.bdc.org.au/about-us/), National Training Pastor at [Crossway Baptist Church](https://www.crossway.org.au/).
Building a Discipling Culture is the rediscovery of how to be a disciple who knows how to multiply. We meet as a group fortnightly on Thursday afternoons via zoom to open the Bible together and be coached in shaping culture and practice in our own context.
Learn more [here](https://www.bdc.org.au/discover/) or feel free to chat with any of us. We'd also encourage you to read [our notes](https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p7qR53hKsb2zdQTbvK_wEAYvHRiZbQlnAvpGtqbse_Y/edit?usp=sharing) from these sessions (the format will vary from week to week as we are taking it in turns to be note-taker). This document will be updated after each fortnightly session.
We are very much aware of all the changes at this time and would encourage you to reach out to your Life Group, one of the pastors or a close friend if you need to talk and pray about anything. You can contact us [via email](email@example.com) or just give us a ring (refer our [Team page](https://www.corouniting.org/team) for contact details).
Refer below for information on the following:
- Updates re. easing of restrictions
- Use of church facilities
- The COVID Team (Circle 92) - refugee / asylum seeker support
- SA COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line
- Emergency groceries
This Resource Page is for all who are doing some filming from home for our online ministry. Your contribution really helps to build community at a time when we can’t physically get together - thank you.
Update (May 2020) - In this period of change brought about by COVID-19, files (incl. videos) for upcoming online worship services can be uploaded to our Google Drive using [this form](https://script.google.com/macros/s/AKfycbygnrE6e0nSAZAFosymkBryoNcwqIe_ePnrESd3BhnG2imsMbs/exec). (This only currently works when accessed via the website, not the app.)
The linked 1-page document (written by Simon and David) and 10-min video (downloaded from open.life.church) will give a few tips to make the process easy not only for you but for those who may need to edit it. Upload all files for a given Sunday worship service [here](https://script.google.com/macros/s/AKfycbygnrE6e0nSAZAFosymkBryoNcwqIe_ePnrESd3BhnG2imsMbs/exec).
The video is well worth a watch for anyone filming yourself by yourself with just a phone - it's made by a filmmaker and is packed with tips and examples, including if you're shooting for kids (from 1:50), and is all shot on a phone with simple at-home props. The blurb reads:
How do you shoot great videos without a camera crew? On your phone? In your home? Sounds like the ultimate challenge, but this fun, engaging video with filmmaker Jesse Doland will show you how.