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​Culture of Safety​​​​​​



Welcome to the Culture of Safety Unit

The Culture of Safety Unit is responsible for:

  • Code of Ethics Training 
  • Supervision Standards 
  • Advice about breaches of the Code of Ethics 
  • Contact person for breaches which are of a sexual nature 
  • Convenor of Advisers for the Synod Sexual Misconduct Complaints Committee 
  • Child sexual assault case management (current and historical) 
  • Training in UCA Regulations as required 

In his role as Safe Church Educator, Mr Josh Woollett is responsible for

  • Safe Church Training and Culture of Safety Training for implementation of safe church policies 
  • Synod's Safe Church Recognition Program
  • Safe church policy development 
  • Advice about the protection of children and vulnerable adults 
  • Advice about implementing the new safe church policies.

A brochure on the Culture of Safety Unit i​s also available.

​​Contact Us 

The Culture of Safety Unit is located at Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania, 130 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000. 

​Josh Woollett, Safe Church Educator

Josh is a social worker who has worked in the areas of child protection, restorative justice with young offenders and training. He works Tuesday - Thursday.


The Culture of Safety Steering Group was established by the Synod Standing Committee in February 2011. "Culture of Safety" is defined as "the culture and processes developed to ensure that the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania is a safe place for all". 

To get a general sense of how we do this, please see our report to the September 2014 Synod meeting​.

The Culture of Safety Unit is comprised of two part-time staff who are part of the Synod Secretariat and based at the Centre for Theology & Ministry. The unit works in an inter-disciplinary way. Our Steering Group includes colleagues from the Bethel Pastoral Centre​, Congregational Ministry, Cross-Cultural Mission and Ministry, Centre for Theology & Ministry, Human Resources, Occupational Health and Safety, and the Synod Sexual Misconduct Complaints Committee.​