As a church community, CoroUniting fully embraces the SA Synod Safe Church Policy as an integral part of our Duty of Care. An important part of this relates to children in our care and is covered in detail on our Child Safety at CoroUniting resource page.
Other aspects of our Safe Church Duty of Care are:
Authorising and Appointing Leaders
When appointing leaders to positions of trust, influence or authority, we adhere to the Safe Church Authorisation and Appointment process detailed in the SA Synod Duty of Care Policy. This includes applying the six-month rule, ensuring successful screening and interviewing and checking references.
In addition to the new Working with Children Check (WWCC), additional checks are required for those volunteers or staff who deal with money, drive people to/from church activities or engage in intentional pastoral care on behalf of the congregation.
See our Screening Checks resource page for further information.
Event Planning (incl. Risk Assessment)
There are a lot of factors to consider when planning an event, especially with the Work, Health and Safety Act of 2012 in SA.
You can use this Event Planning Guide (incl. checklist) to help you through the process. This is a fillable PDF with links to the various forms including:
This Incident Report form (CoroUniting) is to be used to report all accidents/incidents and near misses (as defined in the Incident Management Policy & Procedure). This will then be passed to the Church Council Secretary who, if required, will then complete the official Incident Report form and immediately pass this on to the SA Synod office to ensure SafeWork SA can be notified, where required, as per the Work Health and Safety Act 2012.
Refer to the SA Health web page Charity and community groups and food safety for up to date information about food safety.
Everyone who handles food in relation to a CoroUniting church activity must read and sign the below policy and pass this to the Safe Church Congregation Liaison (Sue Laycock) for filing.
Sausage Sizzles and BBQs
Refer to the following two resources that relate specifically to sausage sizzles and BBQs:
Code of Ethics Training
This training course introduces a code of ethics that includes training on the awareness of the prevention of sexual misconduct. It is mandatory for all Ministers and Pastors with a 3-hour refresher course to be held annually.
Called to Care Orientation Sessions
Called to Care Orientation Sessions promote and assist the Uniting Church community with relevant information about ensuring a safe physical, emotional and spiritual environment. In order for our ministry to be effective we need to incorporate safe and best practices in leadership, in our programs, our actions, our behaviours and within our facilities, and this session looks at people-centred solutions to:
More information, including training dates can be found on the SA Synod Safe Church Training Courses web page. We 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.
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.