Safety Management for Children's Ministries in NZ Baptist Churches.
Our latest manual, Safety First, is available alongside training and for download to churches that have completed this training.
For information on this manual and to attend training, please contact
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The New Zealand Police have advised that the existing Police Vetting consent form is no longer to be used and they have replaced it with this one here. It is very important that any old vetting forms which you will have on file either with your administrator, children's pastor, youth pastor, etc be destroyed and this one be distributed to anyone in your church who deals with police vetting forms.
There are quite a few extra criteria with this new form and it is really important for the person responsible to read over the form to ensure that they are familiar with it and the criteria that is required.
One of the extra requirements is that the Trusted Referee (the person who is responsible for getting the forms completed) must send in to us, a signed copy of the applicant's photo ID with their name and contact details, together with the completed police vetting form.
Together with the Police vetting form you also need to complete the Police vetting schedule form. All documentation needs to be mailed the Baptist National Centre Office Manager, Fiona Maisey - email@example.com
Safety First Manual :
Click here to access the online version of the manual.
Please note, this link is password protected and is only available to churches that have completed the training. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for the password.
Important information for charities that work with children
New regulations come into force on 1 July 2015 that set out requirements for safety checks for children’s workers. The requirements apply to charities that:
(i) receive money from a State service to provide a “regulated service”, and
(ii) employ or engage children’s workers to perform that regulated service.
The list of regulated services is broad, and includes mentoring and counselling services, youth services, youth work, home-based and residential disability services, and educational/early child care services.
Safety checks must be completed (or updated as required) for any paid employees or contractors who will be working as a children’s worker. The children’s workforce is made up of all workers who have regular (at least once each week or on at least four days each month) or overnight contact with children, without a parent or guardian being present, as part of their role. Children’s workers are “core workers” if they work alone with children or have primary responsibility for children. The requirements don’t apply to volunteers, unless that unpaid work is part of an educational or vocational training course.
The safety checking requirements are being phased in over three to four years to give organisations time to have all of their children’s workforce checked:
From 1 July 2015 new core children’s workers starting a job or contract must be safety checked before they start work
From 1 July 2016 new non-core children’s workers starting a job or contract must be safety checked before they start work
By 1 July 2018 existing children’s core workers (that is, those currently employed or engaged as a contractor) must have been safety checked
By 1 July 2019 all existing non-core children’s workers must have been be safety checked.
The regulations set out what checks must be made, including identity checks, Police vetting, gathering other information and undertaking a risk assessment.
The regulations are available on the Government’s legislation website. Further information is available on the Children’s Action Plan website