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Parish Policies including Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Persons

Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Persons

At Saint Luke the Evangelist Catholic Parish Blackburn South we are committed to a safe and nurturing culture for all children and vulnerable persons in our Church. Saint Luke the Evangelist Catholic Parish Blackburn South holds the care, safety, well-being of children and vulnerable persons as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. This commitment is drawn from and inherent to the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.

We adhere to the Victorian Government's Child Safe Standards https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/child-safety/being-a-child-safe-organisation/the-child-safe-standards/ and follow the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct. A copy of this document is available for viewing below.

Child Protection Week (6 - 12 September)

pdf Message from Archbishop Peter (90 KB)

Resources for Child Protection Week (6-12 September)

Liturgical resources for Child Protection Sunday (13 September)

Each year, the Church in Australia marks Child Protection Sunday on the second Sunday of September (13 September). These resources have been prepared by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, in collaboration with Catholic Religious Australia, Catholic Professional Standards Ltd, the Professional Standards Unit and the National Office for Liturgy:

Protecting God's Children

A Resource for Parents

As children’s first and most enduring educators, parents are best placed to begin conversations with their children in an age and developmentally appropriate way. Protecting God’s Children Parent Resource: A Catholic Parent’s Guide to Keeping Their Kids Safe is a protective behaviours resource aimed at supporting Catholic parents of children aged 5-12 years old. The resource helps parents teach children a range of important personal safety skills, supports the development of emotional intelligence skills and promotes a child’s understanding of the right to feel safe through engaging activities and storybooks. Using the concept of "basket fillers", the resource begins by exploring the theme, “God gave all children the right to feel safe at all times” and sequentially builds on:

  • children’s understanding of safety
  • awareness of their feelings and early warning signs
  • body awareness
  • helping seeking strategies
  • empowering children to say no in unsafe situations
  • reinforcing the concept of personal space, and
  • importantly the theme of “Nothing is so awful that we can’t talk with someone about it”.

Whilst we maintain that adults are ultimately responsible for maintaining safe environments for children, it is just as important to empower children to recognise when they are feeling unsafe and to tell a trusted adult (or adults) so that action is taken to help them be safe and feel safe.

Developed by Andrea Musulin (Director of Safeguarding, Catholic Archdiocese of Perth), this resource has been adapted by our Professional Standards Unit (PSU) for use by families within the Melbourne Archdiocese. We also thank Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB (Archbishop of Perth) for making the resource available to us. Protecting God's Children Parent Resource

pdf Suggested Reading List (832 KB)


Reporting and Responding

We work to ensure all children, families and staff know what to do and who to tell if they observe abuse or a victim, or if they notice inappropriate behaviour. Our Parish’s reporting policy is detailed in the Reporting child safety related misconduct and/or child abuse document available below and provides guidance on how to make a report when there is a reasonable belief that a child in our parish environment is in need of protection or if a criminal offence has been committed.

Our Parish records any child safety complaints, disclosures or breaches of the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct and stores the records in accordance with security and privacy requirements.

pdf Information Sheet Safeguarding Responsiblities V1 1 (280 KB)

pdf Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct (331 KB)

pdf Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct Declaration (265 KB)

https://ccyp.vic.gov.au/child-safety/being-a-child-safe-organisation/the-child-safe-standards/

pdf COVID 19 Online Safety for Parents and Children (1.11 MB)

Policies Attachments

Archdiocesan Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy

pdf Parish Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy - July 2020 (310 KB)

pdf Reporting child safety related misconduct and/or child abuse (777 KB)

pdf Reporting Abuse or Safety-Related Misconduct (84 KB)

pdf Expansion of mandatory reporter groups – fact sheet People in religious ministry – commencing early 2020 (755 KB)

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