Safe Church Program

For over a decade, the National Council of Churches Australia Safe Church Program has helped churches and Christian ministries to create safer environments for children and vulnerable adults. The program started organically in 2004 when a number of ministry leaders recognised the need to work on this issue across denominations and churches. Born of several years of dedication and effort, it was initially called the Safe Church Training Agreement.

The NCCA & Universal Church recognises the findings of the Royal Commission which definitively includes the need for churches to act strategically and proactively to create child safe cultures. These changes should not be left to happen in an ‘organic’ way or pace — what’s clear is that a robust approach, in line with the seriousness of the issue, is required by all church and faith communities to address the issue. To this end, the Safe Church Program works in consultation with the National Office for Child Safety, state and territory regulatory bodies, the eSafety Commissioner, and both NCCA member churches and non-member churches.  

Our value statements

Universal Church is committed to protecting the safety of all people within its programs, ministries and events, and supporting organisations to adhere to safety legislation. The value statements we uphold in this work are:
 

  • A zero tolerance stand on all forms of abuse in the church.

  • Protection of the rights of and flourishing of all people as the shared commitment in our cultivation of safe church and ministry environments.

  • Protection of children and vulnerable people in the community as an imperative of our shared Christian faith.

  • Training that is safe for all people and which speaks to the concept of serving together in ministry.

  • Respect for the diversity of Christian traditions and an awareness of how these interact with child safety legislation.

  • The use of National Standards as the common basis for holistic Safe Church ministry.

  • Training which focuses on continual development to create cultures where a Christ-like attitude and behaviour towards all people is exampled by leadership.
     

Insurance
  • Universal Church including it's subsidiaries are covered under a Public & Products Liability Policy and Insurance for Faith Based & Religious Organisations underwritten by Ansvar Insurance for legal liability of the insured to pay damages or compensation in respect of:
    (a) Injury to any person;
    (b) Damage to property;
    (c) Advertising Injury

    For any insurance queries please contact our Finance Department. 

    2021 - 2022 Certificate of Currency can be downloaded here.

 

Work health and safety policy
  • Having clear policies and procedures in place helps minimise workplace health and safety risks and protect workers. All workers and volunteers are required to attend an induction. Inductions may vary from a simple Fire, Health and Safety introduction to a more complex induction including equipment. Universal Church are committed to safety and preventing work-related injury and illness. To work or volunteer with children in Queensland, you may need to have a blue card. You can apply for a blue card here.

    Click here to download our Work health and safety policy


For more information or training please contact the office.