St Augustine’s is committed to the highest standards of safety for our children, teens, volunteers and staff. We strongly condemn any form of abuse and are committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable people. All our staff and people who serve in our church complete training and required checks. We adhere to the safety and screening requirements of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. The Kooyoora Office of Professional Standards administers the Professional Standards Uniform Legislation for the Diocese of Melbourne.
At St Augustine’s our Parish Council members and all those who work with children and vulnerable people undergo screening and training according to their role that is prescribed by the government and our diocese. This may include a Working with Children card, a Police Check (which we are authorised to conduct through CrimCheck in our church office), and one or more of the three levels of online training also mandated by the diocese.
In addition, any parishioner serving in a church activity of any kind is required to read and formally acknowledge the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne’s Safe Ministry Code of Conduct, which comprises these documents:
Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy
Child Safety and Wellbeing Reporting Procedure
Code of Conduct for Child Safety and Wellbeing
Safe Ministry Policy
For more information and to read these documents, please go to the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne Safe Ministry page.
Child Safe Standards
The Victorian Commission for Children and Young People requires compliance with 11 Child Safe Standards for all organisations that provide services to children, including churches and other religious organisations. Under the auspices of our diocese, St Augustine’s is committed to complying with these compulsory standards.
Concerns and Reporting
If a child is in immediate danger, police should be called – phone 000.
A report should then be made to the Kooyoora Office of Professional Standards.
Report at St Augustine’s
Report all concerns to Dominique Rowlands, St Michael’s Child Safety Officer or to our vicar, Revd Andrea Nagy.
Who Can Report?
Parents, teachers, volunteers, children – anyone.
Not Sure Whether to Report?
Talk to Dominique or Andrea, or call Kooyoora for advice 03 9416 1008.
What is Reportable?
Sexual offences committed against, with or in the presence of a child
Sexual misconduct committed against, with or in the presence of a child
Physical violence against, with or in the presence of a child
Any behaviour that causes significant emotional or psychological harm to a child
Significant neglect of a child
You will find assistance on the Complaints page of the diocese’s website.
Click here for more information on our diocese’s website about the reporting procedure.
If someone is in immediate danger, call 000.