Oakleigh Baptist Church is committed to protecting the safety of all people within its programs, ministries and events.
All people regardless of age, gender, race, culture, disability, and family social background have equal rights to this protection.
All people (including children) have the right to be respected and valued as well as feel emotionally, physically and spiritually safe at all times.
Oakleigh Baptist Church values that God ordained parents to be the first point of nurture, teaching and responsibility for their own children and our church seeks to empower and support parents to fulfil this calling.
Our policy has been developed to uphold this commitment to safeguarding and to adhere to National and Local legislation.
Our child protection policy
This policy applies to all staff, including senior leadership, manager, coordinators, paid staff, volunteers, students or anyone working on behalf of Oakleigh Baptist Church.
The purpose of this policy:
To protect children and young people who receive (Organisation/Church) services.
To provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to child protection;
Oakleigh Baptist Church believes that a child or young person should never experience abuse of any kind. We have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to practice in a way that protects them.
Our policy aims to:
. Minimise the risk of abuse, misconduct and the misuse of positional power.
. Ensure that all cases of suspected abuse and misconduct are handled
. Ensure that leaders and programs are safe.
. Ensure that all people are respected and valued.