Safe Ministry Documents
“As Archbishop, I am committed to ensuring that the Diocese, including its parishes and congregations, complies with these standards and I would like to assure you of the Diocese’s commitment to help and support you in that regard.”
– Archbishop of Melbourne Dr Philip Freier
As a community walking in Jesus’ footsteps, we follow this command, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength; and love your neighbour as yourself.” (Deut 6:5, Matt 22:37, Luke 10:27) God calls us to love and minister to vulnerable and marginalised people – these are people who need special care, protection and support.
The Anglican Church of Australia within the Diocese of Melbourne is committed to child safe practice. The safety and the wellbeing of children and vulnerable people are embedded in policies and practices which reflect a commitment to zero tolerance of abuse.
Key Safe Ministry Documents
Codes of Conduct
- Faithfulness in Service (updated August 2021)
- Code of Conduct for Child Safety (August 2021)
- Code of Conduct for Child Safety [Plain language] (November 2021)
Other Key Documents
- Safe Ministry to Children Canon 2017 (General Synod)
- Safe Ministry Policy (August 2021)
- Safe Ministry Policy [Plain language] (November 2021)
- Guidelines for Child Safety (August 2021)
- Statement of Commitment for Child Safety (August 2021 – some links updated November 2021)
- Statement of Commitment for Child Safety [Plain language] (November 2021)
Other Resource Documents
- Parish Child Safety Officer Job Description (August 2021)
Click here for information about Clearance for Ministry and Clearance for Service.
Safe Ministry Training
Checklist of Safe Ministry Requirements
As at September 2021
Safe Ministry Information Session Resources
A series of of Safe Ministry Information Sessions were held in August 2021 and may now be viewed on demand:
Child Safety Posters
- Children’s Code of Conduct Poster
- Reporting Child Abuse Poster
- Right to Feel Safe Poster
- Child Safe Standards Poster
- What is Child Abuse Poster
- Youth Poster
- My Body Safety Rules Poster
- My Early Warning Signs Poster
- Incident Accident Form
- Protecting God’s Children Booklet
- Volunteer and Lay Employee Register
- Youth/Children Registration Form updated 21.09.2021 to include online activities permission
External Child Safety Resources
- Child safe standards CCYP Presentation
- Taking Children’s Safety Seriously
- Child safe standard 1 – Governance and Leadership
- Child safe standard 2 – Clear Commitment to Child Safety
- Child safe standard 3 – Code of Conduct
- Child safe standard 4 – Human Resources
- Child safe standard 5 – Responding and Reporting
- Child safe standard 6 – Risk Management and Mitigation
- Child safe standard 7 – Empowering Children
- Translated resources
Reporting Concerns and Making Complaints
Our organisation takes all allegations seriously and has practices in place to investigate thoroughly and quickly. Our staff and volunteers are trained to deal appropriately with allegations.
We work to ensure all children, families, staff and volunteers know what to do and who to tell if they observe abuse or are a victim, and if they notice inappropriate behaviour.
We all have a responsibility to report an allegation of abuse if we have a reasonable belief that an incident took place.
If an adult has a reasonable belief that an incident has occurred then they must report the incident. Factors contributing to reasonable belief may be:
- a child states they or someone they know has been abused (noting that sometimes the child may in fact be referring to themselves)
- behaviour consistent with that of an abuse victim is observed
- someone else has raised a suspicion of abuse but is unwilling to report it
- observing suspicious behaviour
- To report concerns that are life threatening, ring Victoria Police 000
- To contact a child protection office close to you, call a local office.
To report concerns about the immediate safety of a child after hours, call:
After Hours Child Protection Emergency Service
Ph: 13 12 78 (5.00pm – 9.00am Monday – Friday, 24 hours on weekends and public holidays).
Note: this is an emergency service for week nights, weekends and public holidays only.
To find out more about making a complaint about the Archbishop of Melbourne please click here.