The All Saints Parish is committed to child safe practice. The care, the safety and the
welfare of children are embedded in policies and practices which ensure a commitment to
zero tolerance of child abuse. When Jesus said, ‘let the children come to me and do not
hinder them’ (Matt 19.14) he set the benchmark for us.
We wish to continue to be a church where children and families are welcome and
We want to be an open community where people of all ages gather and interact.
A church where children and young people are fully engaged and have every opportunity
to flourish and grow.
We want to provide a safe place for children, and people of all ages.
All actions and programs will maintain high ethical standards and work in accord with child
safe practices and child protection reporting guidelines. The participation and
empowerment of all children is a consideration in decision-making, as we seek to provide
a safe and nurturing environment where children are respected and listened to.
All Saints has zero tolerance of child abuse, we practice mandatory reporting where child
safety is concerned. All allegations and safety concerns will be treated very seriously and
consistently with our robust policies and procedures. We have legal and moral obligations
to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow
rigorously. Our Parish is committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early,
and removing and reducing these risks.
Our culture is one where child safety is paramount and one where parishioners will speak
up if they have any concerns.
Our clergy encourage parishioners to approach them if issues arise, and will provide
advice on any action that needs to be taken. Allegations and concerns are taken seriously.
A key element of our culture of child safety is to not only guarantee compliance with
relevant regulations and checks, but to live our parish lives wholeheartedly committed to
the safety of our children.
All persons at All Saints working directly with children are required to have a current
Working with Children check, and in some instances, a National Police check, and records
of all checks are maintained. We also require all those involved to adhere to our Code of
Our parish is a member of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. The Diocese provides
extensive resources regarding child safety and making complaints. Information regarding
the making of complaints is available on 1800 135 246.
Resources can be accessed via www.melbourneanglican.org.au
We encourage reporting matters to the police, child protection agencies, and other
authorities where appropriate.