Information for Church Councils

Information for Church Councils

Congregations in our Synod are diverse – some have a few children, some have many.  Others have no children except when grandchildren come to special events.

By making your congregation a safe place for children, you make it a safe place for everyone.  Every congregation must be safe for children.

This section contains resources to help your Church Council take the actions necessary and appropriate for your situation. Please be sure to note that the Keeping Children Safe policy itself has changed. From now on, only use Keeping Children Safe (May 2017).

Your congregation may have taken many steps in past months toward Keeping Children Safe.  For example, your Church Council may have

  • Signed a Statement of Commitment to providing safe places for all people and minuted that action;
  • Adopted a Code of Conduct for all your paid and voluntary workers;
  • Appointed a Culture of Safety Contact Person;
  • Begun ensuring every appointed leader has a Working With Children Check or Registration.

You don’t need to start again.   But please be sure to use these new resources when you renew your commitment and code of conduct.  You will need to use the new materials to renew your commitment to the policy and your code of conduct no later than February 2018. Make sure your Culture of Safety Contact Person and your WWCC/R processes use the new materials starting now.

All documents on this website have been updated and supersede any previous documents, including the Keeping Children Safe policy. When you are looking for resources, filling out a template or checking on policies around child safety, please ensure you use the updated documents on   this website. Do not rely on previous documents. This website will be updated regularly and the most current information and documents will be found here.

Start with the Guide for Church Councils for Implementing the Keeping Children Safe policies.