Thank you for your patience
A big thankyou to those congregations who have already started giving some thought to their Child Safety Standards self-assessments. Unfortunately, the Self-Assessment tool isn't available just yet. It is still in the final stages of development, and we anticipate that it will be ready by 25 May. Thank you for your patience, and our apologies for the delay.
Watch the webinar
The first LCA Child Safety Standards for Congregations webinar was held on Saturday, 26 March 2022. More than 370 people participated.
The webinar provided an overview of the Child Safety Standards with an emphasis on the new responsibilities for LCA congregations. It also provided guidelines and helpful tips for completing the new Self-Assessment Tool and Child Safety Plan, as well as information regarding the implementation of the Child Safety Plan by local councils.
All church council members, particularly chairpersons and secretaries, pastors, Safe Church Coordinators, and other key people involved in children's ministry are strongly encouraged to watch the recording.
The webinar was conducted jointly by the LCA Child Protection Project Officer Mary-Ann Carver and members of the Professional Standards Department.
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If you have any questions about the LCA Child Safety Standards for Congregations, please do not hesitate to contact the Professional Standards Officer in your District, or Mary-Ann Carver on 08 8267 7300.
More about the LCA Child Safety Standards for Congregations
The LCA Child Safety Standards (CSS) for Congregations are designed to help congregations maximise the safety of children and young people.
It is also envisaged that they will help the church to meet its regulatory responsibilities in response to an increasingly rigorous child safety landscape in Australia and New Zealand. This is especially so in the wake of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Standards were developed by the LCANZ’s Child Protection Project Team, and after churchwide consultation, were approved by the General Church Board in October 2021. Read more ...