Central to the mission of St Anne’s Parish is an unequivocal commitment to fostering the dignity, self-esteem and integrity of children and young people and providing them with a safe, supportive and enriching environment to develop spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially.
MAY OUR CHILDREN FLOURISH
At St Anne’s Seaford Parish, we hold the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of our parish. We adhere to the Victorian Government’s Child Safe Standards and the newly commenced (from 1/7/2017) Victorian Reportable Conduct Scheme. In addition to this, we follow the Archdiocesan Code of Conduct for Caring for Children, May Our Children Flourish.
The documents below are our Parish response to, and implementation of, protocols and procedures of the Child Safe Standards.
The 7 Child Safe Standards are:
- Strategies to embed an organisational culture of child safety, including through effective leadership arrangements
- A child safe policy or statement of commitment to child safety
- A code of conduct that establishes clear expectations for appropriate behaviour with children
- Screening, supervision, training and other human resources practices that reduce the risk of child abuse by new and existing personnel
- Processes for responding to and reporting suspected child abuse
- Strategies to identify and reduce or remove risks of child abuse
- Strategies to promote the participation and empowerment of children.
St Anne’s Seaford Parish Policies and Procedures are as below, and will be reviewed and updated periodically:
- Child Safety Statement of Commitment – Italian translation
- Child Safety Statement of Commitment – Sudanese translation
- Child Safety Statement of Commitment – Vietnamese translation
St Anne’s Child Safety Code of Conduct (Updated 29/3/17)
St_Annes_Child_Safety_Policy_V1A_2017 (Updated 20/7/17)
Internal Reporting Processes – May Our Children Flourish
- Reporting to Issues of Concern – Italian translation
- Reporting to Issues of Concern – Sudanese translation
- Reporting to Issues of Concern – Vietnamese translation
Working With Children Checks
- If you need to apply for a police check, we can assist you to complete this online at the Parish Office. Please bring passport photos as well as a minimum of 100 points of identity is required. Identity documents must include identification containing your current residential address, your signature and your date of birth. You will need to book a time at the office for around 15 minutes. A list of suitable Identity Documents for your 100 point check is here.
The Code does not apply to the Catholic Education Office (CEOM) and to Catholic systematic schools within the Archdiocese which are covered by CEOM policies. It also does not apply to activities where the child is under the direct care and supervision of a parent or guardian such as children assisting at Mass or attending a social event after Mass with a parent.
These documents demonstrate our commitment to the Child Safe Standards and will be displayed here, on the noticeboard in the church foyer and the Parish Centre as they are finalised.