Doncaster Church of Christ is committed to the safety and holistic well-being of all children, young people, those with disabilities and the vulnerable, of all ethnic backgrounds and cultures. We see all people as made in God’s image, and therefore deserving of our best efforts to keep them safe, encouraged, welcomed and cared for. We want to reflect God’s loving nature, and meet our legal and moral obligations, by ensuring the safety and holistic well-being of everyone.
All staff and volunteers aged 18 years or over who directly work with children (under 18s) are required to have a current Working With Children Check, to attend and complete child safe training every 12 months, and to sign the church’s child safe code of conduct every 12 months. At least one such leader will be present at any program/ministry involving children, and is responsible for the safety of the children in their care.
Doncaster Church of Christ has zero tolerance for any type of child abuse (including physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, racial and spiritual abuse) or for the grooming of young and vulnerable people. We work towards the prevention and management of bullying (physical and cyber), family violence and neglect. We aim to embed accountability into all leadership positions. Unsafe, unethical and inconsistent behaviour will not be tolerated and will always be referred quickly and confidentially to the appropriate level of leadership for investigation, discernment and response.
The relevant ministry staff (i.e. children’s and youth ministers) are responsible for the implementation of training in the child safety standards (code of conduct), accountable to the senior minister and board of elders, who are ultimately responsible for ensuring that the standards and policies are adhered to. The child safety policies (including code of conduct, expected behaviour, procedure for reporting suspected child abuse) are publicly available through the church website so that all staff and volunteers working with children are empowered to be fully responsible for the children in their care.
If you have concerns about anyone’s safety or the conduct of a leader, please speak as soon as possible with one of the people listed below.
(version 2016 November)
Read our Code of Conduct for working with Children and Youth which is based on that of ChildSafe's SP3.
These people are aware of the church policies and procedures for dealing with concerns. Your concern will be treated seriously and confidentially.
Church Office: Lai Poh Tang (9848 1546 or email@example.com)
Senior Minister: Jim Catford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Youth Minister: Nathan Shanks (email@example.com)
Elders Chair: Daryl Marchant (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Elder: Linda Wilson (email@example.com)
Children's Ministry Leader: Beverley Watson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
DYGletts Leader: Charlotte Hobson (email@example.com)
Youth Leader: Nat Macdonald (firstname.lastname@example.org)
10am Congregation: Bev Borig (email@example.com
5pm Congregation: Nathan Shanks (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chinese Fellowship: Leon and Joanne Lee (email@example.com)
This is the process that is to be followed by those listed as contacts above.
When someone has reported a concern to you:
When a concern has been reported to you as per point 2 above, as one of those contacts listed in point 2 above (if you are not one of those people, please refer to them):