SAFEGUARDING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Child Safe Statement of Commitment
Western District Catholic Communities Incorporating the Catholic Communities of Apsley, Balmoral, Coleraine, Casterton, Dunkeld, Edenhope, Glenthompson, Goroke, Hamilton, Harrow, Macarthur, Penshurst and Tarrayoukyan.
- We are committed to a safe and nurturing culture for all children and young people in our parish. The Western District Catholic Communities hold the care, safety and well being of children and young people as central and fundamental responsibilities of the Church. This commitment is drawn from and inherent in the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.
- We want our children to be safe, happy and empowered. The Western District Catholic Communities have a universal expectation for the protection of children. We are resolutely committed to ensuring that all those engaged in the Church promote the inherent dignity of children and young people and their fundamental right to be respected and nurtured in a safe environment. This is particularly so for the most vulnerable children, including aboriginal children, those from culturally and/or linguistically diverse backgrounds and children with a disability.
- The Catholic Church has a moral, legal and mission-driven responsibility to create nurturing environments where children and young people are respected, their voices are heard and where they are safe and feel safe.
- We have zero tolerance of child abuse and all allegations and safety concerns will be treated seriously and reported in line with our legal obligations, our moral obligations and our parish policies. Creating child-safe environments is a dynamic process that involves active participation and responsibility by parishes, schools, families and communities. It is marked by collaboration, vigilance and proactive approaches across policies, procedures and practices.
- We are committed to preventing child abuse and identifying risks early and then reducing or removing them. If you see something of concern, please let us know. Every person involved in the Catholic Church has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the well being and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of all they do and every decision they make.
Child Safe Officers:
John Hockey, (Parish Manager), Mobile 0439 319 823
John Donegan (Western Communities), Phone: 03 5581 1933
Address for Correspondence;
Child Safe Officer (Confidential)
Mr John Hockey
23 Dinwoodie St,
HAMILTON VIC 3300
Our Parish Child Safe Policy Documents
- Child Safe Policy
- Child Safe Code of Conduct
- Child Safe Reporting Flowchart
Links To Other Organisations
- Links to child safety legislation
- Guidelines for Church Authorities in Responding to Civil Claims for Child Sexual Abuse
- Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse
- Catholic Professional Standards Ltd
- National Redress Scheme
- Integrity in the Service of the Church
- Professional Standards Ballarat Diocese
Professional Standards – Ballarat Diocese
The Catholic Diocese of Ballarat holds the care, safety and wellbeing of children as central to the fundamental responsibilities of the Church.
This commitment is drawn from and is inherent to the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the fundamental sanctity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.
In 2013 Bishop Paul Bird established the Diocesan Professional Standards Consultative Panel to enhance the capacity of the Diocese to safeguard children and vulnerable people.
In 2014 the Consultative Panel created the position of Coordinator for Professional Standards, which is part of the Bishop’s Office.
The current members of the Consultative Panel are;
Bishop Paul Bird
Rev. Kevin Maloney, Vicar General
Mr Andrew Jirik, Diocesan Business Manager
Ms Maureen Waddington, Director of Mission, St John of God Hospital, Ballarat
Dr Christina Sadowski, Research Co-Ordinator, Federation University, Ballarat
Coordinator for Professional Standards:
PO Box 576
BALLARAT VIC 3353
Ph: (03) 5337 7121
Fax: (03) 5332 1122
Email: Professional Standards
Diocesan Policy Documents
- Working with Children Check and National Police Record Check Policy
- Diocesan Commitment Statement to Child Safety
- Privacy Compliance Advice
If you are distressed or wish to speak with someone about any issue relating to sexual abuse, click here for information.
How do I make a complaint?
RING The Towards Healing HELP LINE – ph: 1800 816 030 (free call)
- Ring and say you wish to make a complaint. You will be put in touch with a Contact Person living in your part of the State.
- The Contact Person will arrange a meeting at a location to suit you. The Contact Person will document your complaint.
You can ring the Help Line number if you wish to:
- Talk in confidence about what happened, and about your current situation.
- Make an official complaint which will be registered and investigated using the Towards Healing Process.
- Ask in confidence for assistance and support (e.g. counselling)
Professional Standards Resource Group (Victoria)
PO Box 6186
Mildura West 3500
IF YOU WISH YOU CAN CONTACT THE POLICE AT ANY TIME