As part of our collaborative work to build safe and life-giving Parish communities all involved in ministry with children, young people and those who are vulnerable need to attend this Safeguarding workshop as part of their training.
The National Office for Professional Standards has recently reviewed the Safeguarding Workshop for Parishes and community organisations. The workshop continues to raise our awareness and understanding of safeguarding and what we need to do to create safer parish communities. There has been a nationwide trial of this new interactive workshop and it is now being rolled out through the country. There is a single workshop, and it can be offered in person or on Zoom. The plan is to offer the workshop throughout the Diocese.
Who should do the Workshops
Attending safeguarding workshops is a requirement for all those who work with children, youth or vulnerable adults. If you are involved in ministry as a volunteer/worker in any of your parishes or ethnic communities you need to complete the safeguarding requirements which includes attendance at Safeguarding Level 1 Workshop. Workshops will continue over the winter months in Dunedin, Oamaru and Invercargill Parishes.
You could be involved in any of the following ministries/roles:
· Children’s Liturgy of the Word
· Altar Service Trainers
· Parish Sacramental Preparation Leader/Coordinator or Catechists
· Sunday School Teachers
· Youth Ministry Leaders
· Parent Helpers/Chaperons on Camps
· RCIA Catechists
· Choir Leaders – where children or vulnerable adults are included in the general choir and for children’s choir
· Ministers of Holy Communion to the sick and housebound
· Pastoral Visitor
· Parish Visitors (Legion of Mary etc)
· Prison Ministry Teams and visitors
· Hospital Ministry Teams and visitors
· Those involved in other pastoral work involving children, youth or vulnerable adults e.g. prayer groups, work groups
Parishes need to keep a record of all those who attend the safeguarding training sessions as part of their compliance requirements. The diocese also records this information. This includes name of volunteer, volunteer area, date police vet clearance received, date and level of training. The National Office for Professional Standards is in the process of Safeguarding Diocesan Audits throughout New Zealand. In 2021 there was a Diocesan Safeguarding Review and this year there will be a Safeguarding Review of the Parishes which will begin over the winter.
A NOPS Induction Safeguarding video will become available soon, which can be used with volunteers with the support of a Safeguarding Representative which will be the administration part of their specific role, including such things as the Code of Conduct and a role description. The Safeguarding Workshop will provide them with more background and the wider application of safeguarding, particularly with the scenarios section.
NOPS are They are also developing video training modules which they call “Hot Topics”. These will include risk management; two-person practice; encouraging children’s voice and basic behaviour management.
External Safeguarding Training
These organisations offer online courses, webinars, and resource. See their sites for details
Age Concern offers training around Elder Abuse.