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
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:
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.
Care” handbook. The handbook is available at our Parish Office and
can also be found online at:
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.
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.
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.
feel that a child’s safety has been compromised by the actions or
words of someone operating within our programs.
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.