In Your Local Church

PresSafe is implemented in every local Presbyterian Church in Queensland.

At each local church, a group of Elders (known as Session) are responsible to oversee all children’s ministry that occurs in that church. This means they are responsible for implementing and overseeing PresSafe within that church. How PresSafe is organised in each church might look a bit different, as it will depend on a variety of factors like the size of the church and the ministries conducted there. Session must approve and minute all leaders and helpers as well as all children’s ministry programs, activities or events.

Each church will usually have a Minister who is the teaching Elder at a local Presbyterian church. They will also have a specific role within that church as the person to whom disclosures of abuse or suspicion of harm are reported to. (This may be in conjunction with a Ministry Coordinator, depending on the church.)

Any person who is directly responsible for a children’s ministry program, activities or event is referred to as a Ministry Coordinator within PresSafe. This person might lead a youth group, or a Sunday School, a Kids Club, playgroup or a creche. This again will depend on how that particular church has organised themselves, but any person in this role will also have disclosures of abuse or suspicions of harm reported to them, as well as lead and instruct any leaders or helpers in PresSafe policies and procedures.

A Leader is someone involved regular in children’s ministry, who also has a teaching role in that ministry.

A Helper is anyone who assists with the logistics of the children’s ministry program, activity or event.

Anyone involved with children’s ministry within PCQ must complete the PresSafe Selection Process, including holding a current Working With Children Check.