SAFE CHURCH CULTURE
The Anglican Parish of Dungog is committed, with the Diocese of Newcastle, that our church is a place of safety and transparency with the members of the church and the community of the Dungog Shire.
WHAT PROCEDURES ARE IN PLACE TO CREATE A SAFE CHURCH AT DUNGOG ANGLICAN?
To ensure safety and security for all members of the community, people in positions of responsibility are asked to complete appropriate checks.
Some examples of the systems in place are Safe Ministry Training (every 3 years), Working With Children Check (paid and volunteer members, every 5 years), National Police Check (when required).
Members depending on their role may be asked to read, and signify their agreement to Being Together (August 2019, yearly), and Faithfulness in Service (August 2019, yearly)
BACKED BY SCRIPTURE
Keeping children, vulnerable people and all members of our congregations safe is the highest priority of the Anglican Parish of Dungog. As Christians in the Anglican tradition, we believe that scripture is the divinely inspired word of God. In it, we are called to Love God and love one another as we love ourselves. Therefore, being committed to Safe Ministry practice is part of our expression of love for one another.
Parish safety policy
The Diocese of Newcastle Parish Safety Policy can be accessed at this link: https://www.newcastleanglican.org.au/safe-ministry/parish-safety-policy/
The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle is committed to ensuring that all people who participate in our programs and ministries have a safe and rewarding experience.
The focus of this policy is on the safety of children and vulnerable people.
FIND OUT MORE
The Anglican Parish of Dungog places the safety of all people as our greatest priority. If you wish to find out more about the policy or the work of our Diocese towards ensuring a Safe Church, from the youngest to the oldest member, please contact our Parish Priest. They will be able to guide you on any questions you may have around parish requirements.
More information about the process and procedures in place at the Anglican Parish of Dungog and the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle can be found at the Diocesan website, which has more information about what it means to be a Safe Church:
If you need to access Survivor Support, you can access resources at this website: https://www.childabuseroyalcommissionresponse.gov.au/support-services
faithfulness in service
The Diocese of Newcastle has adopted a code of conduct for clergy and church workers called Faithfulness in Service which sets out the standards expected by all engaged in Christian ministry. See the standards here: https://www.newcastleanglican.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Faithfulness-in-Service-Anglican-Diocese-of-Newcastle-July-2020.pdf
Making a complaint
THE ANGLICAN PARISH OF DUNGOG AND THE DIOCESE OF NEWCASTLE
TAKE ALLEGATIONS OF MISCONDUCT AND ABUSE SERIOUSLY
Professional Standards Protocols provide formal procedures for handling complaints of misconduct. We welcome and encourage people with concerns to come forward by speaking with a contact person. Contact persons are trained to listen, will maintain confidentiality, can help you to understand the processes involved and if required, can assist in documenting the complaint.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK WITH SOMEONE PLEASE PHONE 1800 774 945.
Or you can write to the Director of Professional Standards directly at:
ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF NEWCASTLE,
PO BOX 494, NEWCASTLE, NSW, 2300
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