This is the Child Safety page for All Saints Kooyong. This is the place to find all information relating to Child Safety at All Saints Kooyong and links to relevant information.
The All Saints Kooyong Parish is committed to child safe practice. The care, the safety and thewelfare 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’ (Matthew 19.14) he set the benchmark for us.
We wish to continue to be a church where children and families are welcome and participate fully.
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 Kooyong 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 Kooyong 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 Conduct.
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.