This is a recording of the Safe Church Health Check Information Session held at Georges River Life Church on 14 November 2019. The Information Session covers the theological underpinnings of the Safe Church Health Check (0:00 – 19:40), the legal requirements the Safe Church Health Check is designed to address (22:45 – 46:00) and an overview of the contents of the Safe Church Health Check (46:00 – 1:40:51). There is also a question and answer time. (1:40:51- 1:49:06)
Safe Church Health Check Information Sessions
The Safe Church Health Check has been developed to assist local churches to promote a culture that reflects the love of Christ, protects individuals from harm, and fosters missional engagement with their local community.
The recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended ten Child Safe Standards and the NSW Office of Children’s Guardian has recently announced that compliance with the Child Safe Standards will soon become mandatory for all organisations working with children and young people in NSW. The Safe Church Health Check is a comprehensive review tool which will assess your church’s safe church practices against the Child Safe Standards.
Baptist Insurance Services have advised that their insured constituents will need to declare that they have appropriate safe church policy and procedures in place in order to have continuing public liability insurance coverage for sexual abuse claims for incidents occurring after September 2020. Baptist Insurance Services strongly encourages each church to participate in the Safe Church Health Check as it will assist your church to have confidence in making the required declaration.
To help explain this important initiative and what it means for your local church congregation, we hosted a series of information sessions in conjunction with the launch of the Safe Church Package.