2CH news comments

Safe spaces for kids

Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 6 Jan 2013.

Part of the price of living in the modern world is the need for an increasing rule-based culture, no more so than in the church. John Sandeman from Eternity newspaper has listed ten rules local churches should consider to ensure child protection:

  1. Follow your denomination’s Safe Church rules.
  2. Always have at least two leaders present for child-based activities.
  3. Keep the door open when doing one to one ministry.
  4. Don’t pressure people to volunteer for children’s ministry.
  5. Design your building so passers-by can see into rooms.
  6. Install good outdoor lighting.
  7. Work with state authorities and know your reporting responsibilities.
  8. Be vigilant about connections that develop between adults and children off church property.
  9. Make sure parents and children know how to report suspicious activity.
  10. Foster a positive culture: if children don’t expect to be believed, they are less likely to report abuse.

You can be sure churches that follow these rules take child safety seriously.

I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.


No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: