Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy
You may have children or grandchildren that attend this Parish, you may be elderly or have elderly relatives who are ministered to by volunteers from the Parish. At any age, anyone of us could be considered a vulnerable adult at anytime through illness, grief/loss, separation or financial stress. No matter the scenario, we want you to know that the church is making every effort to protect everyone in our Church, especially the most vulnerable.
The Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy covers essential components identified by the Trust Justice and Healing Council which include:
- A clear written policy statement;
- Safe recruitment and selection processes for both employees and volunteers;
- A code of ethical behaviour;
- Training and education in conducting safe activities for children;
- Responsible management of disclosure;
- Mandatory reporting of suspected criminal behaviour to the police.
This policy is now part of a Parish Compliance Audit to prevent abuse from occurring in our Church. With your help monitoring and implementing this policy, our Parish can ensure the safety of our children and vulnerable adults is protected.
Our parish safeguard officer is Caryn Lee (3300 6099).
…for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Mark 10:14
Children, young people and vulnerable adults are a gift from God with an intrinsic right to dignity of life, respect and security from physical and emotional harm. They are to be treasured, nurtured and safeguarded.
This means that everyone in the church must ensure that the fundamental rights of children, young people and vulnerable adults are respected. This will be achieved through the development of respectful relationships and a commitment to safety embracing appropriate boundaries, behaviours and practices, in accordance with the Archdiocese of Brisbane Code of Ethical Behaviour for employees and volunteers who work in service of the Church as well as adherence to the legislative imperatives of the State.