Child Safety Statement






    The Anglican Parish of Jika Jika


   Statement of Commitment to Child Safety




  As a Christian community, meeting together to worship God, we affirm our


  commitment to ensuring a culture of child safety in which  each child who interacts


  with our community is free from abuse. We consider child safety to include physical,


  mental, and emotional well-being.  


  God’s word is very clear in telling us that all people are created equal and every


  single person is a child of God who can receive the full inheritance of heaven. The


  Bible also tells us about cultural safety, how to love and serve everyone no matter


  what their age, culture, ethnicity, sexuality, or gender. As part of this worldview, we


  specifically seek to promote the cultural safety of children of Aboriginal and Torres


  Strait Islanders and all those children who come to us from a culturally or


  linguistically diverse background. We also seek to ensure the safety of any child with


  a disability.


  The church should be a place where children can come to know and experience the


  love of God through those who care for and work with them. In order to ensure that


  we meet the highest standards of child safety for each child who comes into our


  community, we have the following in place:

  •          Our organisational culture is one of child safety where, through

                effective leadership and clear lines of accountability, we ensure that


                all those in positions of power or influence with children are properly


                screened, supervised and trained.

  •         Our code of conduct is the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne “Duty of

                Care” handbook. The handbook is available at our Parish Office and


                can also be found online at:




                hildren family/Pages/Duty-of-Care.aspx


  •         All those working with children in the parish are required to have a

                current Working With Children Check and in some instances Police


                Checks. We will also conduct reference checks on those who move


                into our parish and ask to be part of leadership teams.

  •         We encourage anyone who experiences abuse, misconduct or

                otherwise feels unsafe to report it or make a complaint. There are


                various avenues for this to be done. We take all complaints very


                seriously and aim is to solve complaints as quickly as possible.

  •         The process of responding to and reporting suspected child abuse is

                set out by the diocese. You can talk to the ministry team, including


                the vicar, and they will discuss with you what further action should be


                taken. You can also complain to the diocese directly.

  •         You also have the option of making a complaint to the police if you

                feel that a child’s safety has been compromised by the actions or


                words of someone operating within our programs.


  •         A booklet entitled “Information for people thinking about making a

                complaint” published by the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne is


                available at our Parish Centre. The information is also available online







 How to make a complaint



  The Anglican Diocese of Melbourne takes all complaints of misconduct very


  seriously. This information is intended to help if you wish to make a complaint, have


  been or are being abused or harassed by clergy or Church officers, including Regional


  Bishops, in the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne.



  The Director of Professional Standards responds to all complaints of misconduct


  including sexual, physical, spiritual or emotional abuse by clergy or Church officers.


  The Director is as independent as possible from the Diocese but is paid by the





  The first step in making a complaint is to call the recorded information line at any


  time on 1800 135 246. All information provided to this service is strictly confidential.


  The person taking a message on this number will ask you to give a name and your


  phone number or address so that the Director can contact you as soon as possible.


  Alternatively, you can write to the Director:


  Director of Professional Standards


  Anglican Diocese of Melbourne


  PO Box 329


  Canterbury VIC 3126




  Mark your envelope “Confidential”


  The aim is to solve complaints as quickly as possible. There are different ways of


  dealing with complaints-informally, formally or by referring the matter to another


  Church professional standards body or to a child protection authority or to the






  If the formal process as outlined in the Professional Standards Act is used, the


  Director advises the Professional Standards Committee who investigates the matter.


  A Protocol, Power & Trust in the Church, guides the process.