Safe Places

Safe Places Coordinator

In 2017 CCVT appointed Kylie Kendall (pictured) in the role of Safe Places Coordinator.

Kylie is part of the staff team designing and developing a culture of safety within CCVT, and her appointment is the next step in building communities of hope and compassion that are safe places for everyone.

Her function involves the rollout of new and existing Safe Places policies, procedures, training and resources as part of our ongoing support for CCVT’s affiliates, communities and leaders.

Contact Kylie at safeplaces@churchesofchrist.org.au or on 03 9488 8800.

Policies

The elements of the 2012 Duty of Care for Responsible Leadership of Children and Youth Policy of Churches of Christ in Victoria and Tasmania related to child abuse and reporting are now superseded by new Child Safety Policies. The Duty of Care policy also covers a range of issues beyond Child Safety including useful resource material as well as some appropriate policy and procedure. These further elements will be addressed in later policy formation. For simplicity and ease of access, all of these elements will now be dealt with in a suite of separate documents.

The first of these documents to be released are:

  • Statements of Commitment to Safe Places for CCVT and affiliates. Download here
  • CCVT Child Safety Policy – CCVT’s umbrella policy. Download here
  • Child Safety Policy for CCVT Victorian churches. Download here 

    Please note that it is a 'fillable form' PDF so your church name and other relevant details can be added as required.

  • Child Safety Reporting Procedure for CCVT Victorian churches. Download here
    Please note that it is a 'fillable form' PDF so your church name and other relevant details can be added as required. 

The church Child Safety Policy and Child Safety Reporting Procedure are expected to be adopted by churches without delay and are designed to be adopted without amendment, other than to insert the church name and other required details. The CCVT Safe Places Coordinator will be checking in with churches about progress with policy adoption and implementation in the new year. 

And to repeat, to the extent that the Duty of Care covers issues not covered by the CCVT Child Safety Policy, it will continue to operate as our policy on those issues until we distribute replacement policies.

More detailed guidance, for example about when parental permission is required, will be incorporated into other future policies.

Other aspects of safety

Work continues on other areas of safety and further updates will be available in 2017:

  • Governance, risk management and compliance 

  • Support for and accountability of ministers
  • Workplace safety and food safety
  • Conflict resolution

  • Domestic violence and discrimination
  • Positive promotion of wellbeing