Keeping Children Safe – St Michael’s Uniting Church
St Michael’s continues to implement all the policies and procedures necessary to be recognised as a SAFE CHURCH.
The Synod’s Keeping Children Safe Policy was written by Synod to take into account all theological, ethical, legal, and practical reasons and considerations. Safety was considered in relation to online activities of the church as well as in person.
By implementing Church Safe processes St Michael’s continues to comply with State and Federal laws.
Following the guidelines, St Michael’s Council has signed the following Statement of Commitment.
“The St Michael’s Uniting Church is committed to providing safe places where people are cared for, nurtured and sustained. We have today adopted the Keeping Children Safe Statement of Commitment. Through it, we commit ourselves to the care, protection and safety of all people, particularly those who are vulnerable.”
This commitment ensures the creation and maintenance of a child safe culture to ensure the care, protection and safety of all children and vulnerable adults.
Working with Children Checks are required from all ministers, staff, appointed leaders and volunteers.
We have appointed a Culture of Safety Contact Person, Val Gill, who is available if you have safety concerns.
Please contact Val:
Telephone: 03 9654 5120
St Michael’s Uniting Church
120 Collins Street, Melbourne 3000
Every child and young person in our Church deserves to feel and be safe, to thrive and be healthy.
UCA National Child Safe Week reminds us of the Church’s commitment to keep children and young people safe.
Concern for the safety and wellbeing of all, including children and young people, is part of our call to respect and value people universally. UCA’s National Safe Church Unit works in partnership with Synods and the Assembly to provide tools and resources to help everyone across the life of the Church play their part in answering this call.
The Uniting Church’s National Safe Church Unit has released a new poster to coincide with National Child Protection Week 2021.
Those ten principles of a child safe Uniting Church in Australia:
- Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture.
- Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.
- Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing.
- Diversity is respected and equity is promoted.
- Our people are suitable for work with children and committed to the values of child safety and wellbeing.
- Child-focused complaints processes
- Our people are provided with ongoing education and training on child safety
- Physical and online environments promote safety
- Policies and procedures document child safety
- Review and continuous improvement of policy, procedure and practice