Standard seven

Ongoing education and training

Personnel are equipped with knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children safe through information, ongoing education and training

7.1 Church personnel receive an Induction and regular training on the Church entity’s Child Safeguarding policies and practices.

7.1.1    All Church personnel must participate in a Safeguarding Induction program, documented by the Church entity, before work with children begins.

7.1.2    At least annually, Church personnel undertake refresher training in relation to the Church entity’s Child Safeguarding policies and practices.

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7.2 Church personnel receive training on the nature and indicators of child abuse.

7.2.1    Ongoing training and professional development for Church personnel is documented and tailored to respond to the needs of groups with differing contact/responsibility for children.

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7.3 Church personnel receive training to enable them to respond effectively to issues of child safety and maintain a child safe culture.

7.3.1    All Church personnel appointed to the role of Safeguarding Coordinator (refer Indicator 1.2.3) are provided with ongoing professional development and support relevant to their role.

7.3.2    Relevant Church personnel are provided with ongoing professional development to ensure their skills are appropriate when dealing directly with children.

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