Safe Church Grooming Awareness Workshop

Safe Church Grooming Awareness Workshop

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31 May 2018
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Centre for Ministry, UTC


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Safe Church Grooming Awareness Workshop

The Synod is offering a new training resource and workshop, which focuses on education about grooming behaviours, to accompany the existing Safe Church training.

As part of our learning from the Royal Commission we must ensure that our Churches are safe places for everyone.

Grooming refers to behaviours of those in trusted positions who exert influence and may gain the trust of potential child victims, their parents and caregivers and even their communities by methodically “grooming” them. Perpetrators are often individuals known to the family; they may be acquaintances, influential members of the community, trusted friends and even family members.

I invite everyone in this Synod who works with children or vulnerable people, who is a leader in a Congregation or an office bearer in a Presbytery, to attend this important workshop:

If you are unable to attend and would like to receive training materials, we will make either a DVD or online training available after the event. See details below.

The safety of everyone in our Uniting Church communities, particularly children and vulnerable people is important.

I would encourage every Presbytery and Congregation to participate in whatever way you can.  I know that this training will be invaluable and I appreciate your time and attention to this important issue.

General Secretary, Rev. Jane Fry

This Safe Church Workshop training will focus on:

1. What is grooming/who is groomed?
> Communities, Adults, Children
2. Characteristics of a perpetrator
3. Victims a perpetrator will look to
4. How to identify grooming/methods perpetrators use to groom victims
5. What to do if you suspect you are being groomed or observe someone else being groomed
6. Interrupting grooming behaviours
7. What to do if you suspect a person is abusing a child or vulnerable adult
8. Psychological and spiritual aspects of sexual abuse.
9. Reporting obligations

Register now, it’s free – via EventBrite
Safe Church Workshop Flyer – Downloadable PDF
More Event Information – via Uniting Mission & Education website




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