Child Safe Policy
Victorian organisations that provide services to children are required under the Child Wellbeing and Child Safety Act 2005 to ensure that they comply with compulsory Child Safe Standards to protect children from harm. The Parish of St George’s, Malvern, is committed to ensuring it complies with these standards and would like to assure you of our commitment to help and support you in this regard.
There are 5 types of ‘reportable conduct’:
• 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.
The Head of the Entity, the Archbishop of Melbourne, has a duty under the Act to notify the Commission for Children and Young People of reportable allegations and take further specified action.
Under these arrangements, there is one notifying body on behalf of the Diocese and its parishes, congregations and faith communities – the Kooyoora Office of Professional Standards has undertaken to notify the Commission on behalf of the Archbishop and take further action as may be required under the Act.
All Clergy, paid staff and volunteers who have any contact with children at St George’s have, by law, undergone a Working With Children Check and Police Check, where required.
Contact details for Kooyoora:
Office Tel No: 61 – 3 – 9416 1008
Mail: PO Box 329, Canterbury, VIC, 3126
General Tel No: 1800 135 246
Reports: Any adult who forms a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed by an adult against a child under 16 has an obligation to report that information to Police. Failure to disclose the information to Police is a criminal offence.