Creating Safe Spaces

We are excited to announce our new Safe Church training partnership with the Baptist Association of NSW & ACT. Creating Safe Spaces will replace the previous six-hour in-person Safe Church Awareness and Refresher Workshops (SCAW).

Creating Safe Spaces (CSS) will significantly improve the accessibility of our Safe Church training. CSS training requires participants to complete an individual online training module (in one’s own time) and then to attend a three-hour workshop. CSS workshops will be conducted via Zoom during COVID restrictions, and via Zoom or in person after restrictions are lifted. 

Creating an exceptional quality training programme, tailored specifically to our Victorian Baptist context takes time.  There are still a few final adjustments being made, so we will announce in the coming weeks when the BUV-specific online training module will become available. 

Any pastors, leaders or volunteers who urgently need to begin training, may complete the individual CSS online training component via the NSW Association’s website.  Please email Vicky Dyer to receive full instructions on how to do this.  All other leaders should wait to access the BUV specific training in the coming months. 

After completing the individual online module, you may then book in to do a live workshop (via Zoom) in Term 2.  All live workshops will be run by BUV.  We will advise you when bookings for these events can commence.  There will be a number of workshop times offered, covering a ranges of days and times, to improve accessibility. 

If you have any questions or would like any resources related to Safe Church matters please contact Vicky Dyer.  All leaders involved with Safe Church matters are welcome to join the “BUV Safe Church” Facebook group


1. Helpful E-Safety Resources 

With many children spending more time online at present, we have recently included some helpful resources produced by the e-Safety Commission. 
Click here to see these resources.

Click here to see these resources


2. Online Training from Carl Collins

Carl Collins, Executive Director Child Protection Solutions, has generously made some videos available to Victorian Baptist Church leaders on the important area of Child Protection. The BUV encourages any senior leader, and /or any volunteer working with children or young people, to register for and watch the following training videos.

Please note that these videos are only an introduction prior to CSS training.

See below to register for this online training event.