Baptist Churches Western Australia is churches working together to do what would be difficult as individual congregations.

Safe Church

The Bible consistently expresses God's concern for the well-being of the vulnerable members of society, children in particular. Christ's words and example provide a strong rationale for churches being responsible for all those in their care. Baptist Church Western Australia takes this responsibility very seriously. Our Safe Church program incorporates an awareness workshop for every person in a leadership role within our churches, from pastors and elders to those in home groups, seniors' ministry, youth group, Sunday school and more.

The workshop covers the following areas:

Biblical Foundations

  • Vulnerable People
  • Sharing in Ministry
  • Duty of Care
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Legal & Insurance Implications

Protecting Vulnerable People

  • Understanding abuse
  • Responding to abuse
  • Protective behaviours

Safe Leaders

  • The right type of people
  • Recruitment
  • Supervision
  • Responding to ministry misconduct

Safe Programs

  • Safe Programs
  • Incidents
  • Physical environments
  • Emotional environments

Safe Church Dates

Awareness and Refresher workshops will be run in Western Australia on the following dates:

  • Sat 13 June 2020. 9:30-11:30am via Zoom (Awareness)
  • Tue 16 June 2020. 1pm – 3pm via Zoom (Refresher)    
  • Tue 23 June 2020. 7.30pm – 9.30pm via Zoom (Refresher)
  • Sun 28 June 2020. 2pm - 4pm via Zoom (Awareness)
  • Thu 16 Jul 2020. 10am - 12noon via Zoom (Refresher)
  • Sun 19 Jul 2020. 2pm - 4pm via Zoom (Awareness) 
  • Wed 29 Jul 2020. 7.30pm-9.30pm via Zoom (Refresher)
  • Sat 8 Aug 2020. 9am-1pm via Zoom (Dalwallinu Baptist Church)
  • Tue 11 Aug 2020. 1pm – 3pm via Zoom (Refresher)
  • Sat 15 Aug 2020. 9.30-11:30am via Zoom (Awareness)
  • Sat 15 Aug 2020. 1pm-3pm via Zoom (Refresher)
  • Sun 23 Aug 2020. 2pm-4pm via Zoom (Awareness)
  • Mon 24 Aug 2020. 7.30pm-9:30pm via Zoom (Refresher)
  • Sat 12 September 2020. 9am-1pm. Eaton Baptist Church. Eaton. (Monitoring)
  • Sat 31 October 2020. 9am-1pm. Inglewood Community Church. Dianella. (Monitoring)
  • Sat 12 December 2020. 9am-1pm. Vose Seminary. Bentley. (Monitoring)

To book your place at an upcoming workshop click here.

If you would like to submit a group booking from your church, please fill out this form and email to safechurch@baptistwa.asn.au.

Churches: If you would like to host a Safe Church workshop in 2020, please contact us at 08 6313 6300 or email safechurch@baptistwa.asn.au.

For more information about Safe Church, please download and read through these helpful documents.

Safe Church Policy
Code of Good Leadership Practices
Risk Management & Safe Environment Guidelines

Further documents can be found by clicking here.

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