What is a Working with Children Check, and do I need one?
A Working with Children Check (WWCC) is a government assessment to check whether or not an individual is safe to work with children.
A WWCC is needed for all people who work or volunteer with children, however given the definition of 'child related work' in South Australia (see here for details), the Uniting Church has decided that everyone in a role of responsibility within the church (ie. all leaders and helpers aged 14+) must have a valid WWCC.
What about the existing Police Check forms?
The new WWCCs were introduced on 1 July 2019 and are stronger, more effective and more transparent than the previous Uniting Church Screening Checks ('Police Checks').
From now until 30 June 2020 we are in a transition period as the new WWCC process is established. During this time:
I already have a valid DHS/DCSI clearance... do I need to do anything?
Yes - you need to do two things:
What's the difference between the old and new checks?
There are several differences, including:
The new checks remain free for all volunteers. For more FAQs see pp.5-6 of the Information on the Screening and Authority Process information sheet.
I think I may need a new WWCC... what do I need to do?
Make yourself a cup of tea and head over to our Screening Checks resource page for further information.
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.