Safer for All

As we start the New Year, it’s a good time to reflect on what we want our church communities to look like in the coming months. How do we ensure that our churches and Synod are emotionally healthy – a place where everyone can thrive? Here are some questions to ask:

Do we as a church…

  • Provide care and community
  • Facilitate contact with each other
  • Welcome visitors
  • Encourage each other
  • Allow personal choice and respect an individual’s right to privacy
  • Affirm and support one another
  • Listen to each other
  • Value freedom of choice with gentleness, not using force or coercion
  • Use language that affirms others
  • Provide mobility or communication aids where necessary
  • Actively help each other when physical assistance is needed
  • Enable participation

All these things describe an emotionally healthy community. The definition and signs of emotional abuse, the opposite of this, can be found here.  Let’s reflect on how we relate to each other, and make sure that we are creating an emotionally healthy culture.

Diana Taylor, Safeguarding Officer