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​In 2015, the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania formally launched the Keeping Children Safe Policy.  It is an overarching whole of church policy that is the Uniting Church’s binding and public commitment to the provision of safety for children. It builds on the good work already done to develop our church communities and establishments as safe places for children. 

The Melbourne launch took place in September 2015 and the Tasmanian launch in November 2015.

On 1 January, 2017 the Victorian Government expects the following compulsory minimum standards for religious institutions, including churches.:

 An entity to which the standards apply must include the following principles as part of each standard:

  • promoting the cultural safety of Aboriginal children
  • promoting the cultural safety of children from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds
  • promoting the safety of children with a disability.

 To create and maintain a child safe organisation, an entity to which standards apply must have the following 7 standards:

  1. Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
  2. A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
  3. A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
  4. Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
  5. Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
  6. Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
  7. Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children

How to use the information on this page to achieve the standards

 

On the right you will find some useful resources.  These include:

  • A brochure outlining the background of the Keeping Children Safe Policy.  This is a PDF that can be downloaded and printed.
  • The full Keeping Children Safe Policy.  This is a PDF that can be downloaded and printed.
  • The templates required to implement the policy.  You can currently download Templates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 for implementation.  These are word documents.  You may find the templates download in the bottom section of your computer to open rather than opening from your first click.​

Cultural Safety for Aboriginal Children.pdf

Safety of Children with a Disability.pdf

Safety of Children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.pdf

It is important that we continually review how we as a whole church are placed in implementing our commitment to being a child safe organisation across all activities. 

As a community of faith, we are committed to providing safe environments for all people, especially children, so that they are welcomed and cared for responsibly and justly in order to live life in all its fullness. 

The Uniting Church abhors the crime of child abuse and is determined to make every effort to put in place procedures and practices that maximise our ability to keep children safe and protected from physical or emotional harm and neglect, including sexual abuse and exploitation.

If you require advice or information on how to implement the policy in your particular church or part of the organisation, please contact the Safe Church Educator by: 

Email:  UCARoyalCommissionResponse@victas.uca.org.au 
 


 


 


 


​​Questions?

Contact the Safe Church Educator by emailing: 

UCARoyalCommissionResponse@victas.uca.org.au  


 

​​Read the Keeping Children Safe Policy here​

Find the ​Kee​ping Children Safe Policy information brochure here​​

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​​​​​​​What policies are relevant ​​to my part ​of the church?

You should look at the full policy and all the templates as they become available.  The Policy can be found in the section above. The templates are listed in the section below.

​​​​Keeping Children Safe Policy Templates

Here is our full list of policy templates.​​​ You can currently download and implement Templates 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 by hovering over the text and clicking to open.

1. Our Statement of Commitment

2.  Code of Conduct

3.  Recruitment, selection and screening

4.  Induction and training

5.  Assessment of risk

6.  How to respond to and report disclosures of abuse​

7. How alleged offenders will be      treated

8.  Mechanisms for appeal