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1 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader ChildSafe Training South Perth Church of Christ Sunday 20th May 2007

2 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader PURPLE GREEN RED BLUE ORANGE WHITE

3 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader

4 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Introduction

5 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Introducing ChildSafe Why do we want to implement Childsafe? We want to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for children and young people in the name of Jesus. We want to protect kids, young people and the church from damage.

6 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Why a system of safety and care? Excuses, excuses! We never had these worries before. Children didnt matter as much. We dont have a problem. Problems only happen to others. We always use common sense. Well worry about problems when they happen.

7 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader And more excuses! We didnt know. We didnt check. The kids just love the way he throws them around. Ouch! I know she was 16 and it was 1am, but she needed me. Who needed whom? We havent the time. Tell that to the magistrate. I know what Im doing. Shell be right. Now Im worried.

8 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Definitions For our purposes, a child is any person below 18 years of age. We realise that this does include teenagers & young people. The intention is to include all who are minors where we have a particular duty of care.

9 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader ChildSafe People Ministry Application Working with Children Check Childsafe Training Policies and procedures that protect people

10 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Scenarios At a water based activity, a 14 year old girl wearing a bikini is hoisted onto the shoulders of a male leader who plans to initiate a water fight. What issues are raised here?

11 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Scenarios You are on a ministry team involved in Sparklers (4 & 5 year olds). During the session, one of the children comes and sits in your lap putting an arm around your neck. What issues are raised here?

12 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Part 1 Keeping People Safe

13 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Child Protection: Understanding the Issues Abuse Indicators of abuse Facts and myths The impact of sexual abuse Our reactions

14 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Abuse An act that endangers the physical or emotional health or development of a child or young person.

15 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Types of Abuse Emotional Abuse a situation in which a caregiver repeatedly rejects the child/teen or uses threats to frighten them eg name-calling, put-downs or continual coldness to the extent that it significantly damages the child/teens physical, social, intellectual or emotional development

16 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Types of Abuse Neglect a situation in which a caregiver fails to provide the child/teen with the basic necessities of life to the extent that the child/teens health and development is, or is likely to be significantly harmed

17 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Types of Abuse Physical Abuse a situation in which a child/teen suffers or is likely to suffer significant harm from an injury inflicted by a caregiver

18 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Types of Abuse Sexual Abuse a situation in which a person uses power or authority over a child to involve the child/teen in sexual activity can involve an adult, an adolescent or an older child/teen

19 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Indicators of Abuse Please look at the indicators of abuse on pages of your Team Member Book

20 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Facts and Myths 1.Child sexual abuse only happens in poor and dysfunctional families. 2.Most children are abused by people they know well. 3.Sex offenders are older men. 4.Children often lie about sexual assault. 5.Men who sexually abuse boys are homosexual. 6.Most sexual abuse continues over a long period of time and not as a single isolated event. 7.It is only abuse when physical violence is involved. 8.A child only has to tell someone for the abuse to be stopped.

21 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Why Children Dont Speak up Children may not tell someone about abuse because they want to protect others, such as a parent, or they want to protect themselves. Perpetrators often threaten to harm the child.

22 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Why Children Dont Speak up Sometimes a child may be embarrassed or ashamed because they think the abuse is their fault. A child may tell an adult who does not believe them or who does nothing to stop the abuse. They are unlikely to tell again.

23 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader The Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on an individual is influenced by: Age/developmental stage at which abuse began/continued Duration and frequency of abuse Nature of the abuse Closeness of the relationship with the offender Presence or absence of other significant relationships with caring adults Reaction of significant others to the abuse Type and responsiveness of the intervention

24 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Effects of child sexual abuse include: Low self esteem Self hatred Guilt Sense of helplessness Shame Grief Anger Damaged capacity to trust others

25 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Short-term effects of child sexual abuse Younger children may demonstrate inappropriate sexual behaviour including sexual play with dolls. Preschoolers tend to show increased withdrawn behaviour Older children are more likely to show depression.

26 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Short-term effects of child sexual abuse Adolescents engage in acting-out behaviours including running away, truanting, drug/alcohol abuse, promiscuity, delinquent behaviour. There is an increased incidence of suicide. Learning difficulties and behaviour problems are common.

27 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Long-term effects of child sexual abuse Sexual dysfunction Higher incidence of homosexuality Chronic anxiety, fear and depression Sleep disturbances Suicide Obesity Eating disorders Alcohol/drug abuse Self harm

28 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Our Reaction What feelings does the subject of child abuse arouse in you?

29 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Our Reaction How do you think you would feel if a child disclosed abuse to you? What would your immediate reaction be?

30 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Our reactions Shock Denial Sympathy, pity, desire to help Frustration Anger Distress and anxiety Guilt and self- recrimination Blame Sadness or depression Revulsion, horror, disgust Revenge

31 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Child Protection: Responding to Child Abuse Recognising abuse Responding sensitively to a child How children disclose Reporting abuse Mandatory reporting

32 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Responding Sensitively You are concerned about Stephen aged 8. He seems to know plenty about sexual behaviour but you attribute that to the fact that he lives on a farm. In casual conversation Stephen reveals that his teenage stepbrother often comes into his bed at night.

33 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Responding Sensitively Zac is a very active 10 year old. You see him regularly at church and he likes to talk to you. He tells you that one of the leaders has hit him across the ear because he didnt do as he was told. He asks you not to tell anyone because he fears he will not be allowed to come back to church anymore.

34 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Responding Sensitively Listen carefully Tell the child that you believe them Tell them that it is not their fault Let them know that you will have to tell someone so that they can help stop the abuse Tell the child that you are pleased that they told you Do not promise that you will not tell anyone Involve your Team Leader

35 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Example Disclosure in a group setting: Protect the child sensitively Protect the group sensitively

36 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Responding to Disclosure or Suspected Abuse. As a team member you have a moral responsibility to inform a ministry leader if you know or suspect of abuse. Do not raise your concerns with another person. Speak directly to your Ministry Team Leader

37 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Responding to Disclosure or Suspected Abuse. Speak directly to your Ministry Team Leader for further action. At SPCC these people are: Tania – Childrens Ministry Rod & Emily - Youth David & Keren – Pastoral Care

38 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Barriers to Reporting Fear of recrimination Want to give the benefit of the doubt Fear that the allegation could be wrong Fear of getting involved Feel it is too difficult Feel it will involve more work Feel havent enough training to deal with it Responsibility of parents Dont know what to do Dont trust the system Thinking that reporting is optional

39 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Reasonable Grounds A child tells you Someone close to the child tells you Indicators arouse your suspicions Physical signs If you make a notification with reasonable grounds, you cannot be held legally liable If you are unsure whether you have reasonable grounds to report, then report

40 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Questions? This probably has raised questions for you. Take a couple of minutes and jot any questions you have on the question cards.

41 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Part 2 Safe Environments

42 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Safe Environments Accidents and Incidents do happen! As a Team Member you are encouraged to keep your eyes and ears open!

43 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader What do you see?

44 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader And now?

45 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader

46 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Accidents and Incidents Accident An undesired event that results in harm People are hurt, property is damaged, program is disrupted. Incident An undesired event which could have resulted in harm or damage A near miss

47 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Blood & Bodily Fluids Pages 44 onwards Wear disposable gloves Use paper towels Use disinfectants and wash areas Dispose of waste materials appropriately

48 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Blood & Bodily Fluids Any blood spill should be washed with lots of cold water. ALWAYS wash your hands!

49 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader First Aid Kits A First aid kit is located in the kitchen and the demountable. A portable First Aid kit is always taken to outside events.

50 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Fire Exits Muster Point: Top of the church carpark (near tennis court)

51 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader You are Here Fire Exit Points

52 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Medical Emergencies On Sunday mornings – locate Julie Bond or Graham Faulkner who will alert medical professionals. There will always be someone in the vicinity who has been First Aid trained. Call for help!

53 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader How can you help a child through an accident or incident? Ensure that the child feels safe Provide for the childs immediate needs Reunite the child with their family Communicate with the child Involve the child Accept regressive behaviour Protect the child from exposure (media, people, danger)

54 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Where to from here?

55 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Read your Team Member Book Sign the Training Acknowledgement Form

56 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader To the SPCC Ministry Team I …………………………………. Attended the ChildSafe Training Seminar on Sunday, 20th May at South Perth Church of Christ. I have received, and commit to undertake to read the ChildSafe Team Member Booklet. I will endeavour to follow the safety and care strategies of SPCC. Signed Date

57 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Questions?

58 ChildSafe Training Module TL1: The ChildSafe Team Leader Enjoy the café! Thank you for being here tonight.


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