Heathcote Engadine Anglican Churches follow the policies set out by Professional Standards Unit Anglican Diocese of Sydney, prescribed as the Safe Ministry Journey.
In following the Safe Ministry Journey, we aim to maintain an environment that is governed by our Senior Minister and guided by our Safe Ministry Representative.
Children have rights
Children have the right to be safe and well looked after when they are in our care. They have the right to be protected, listened to and their particular needs addressed in all church activities, whether mixed age or child specific.
Leaders are responsible
All those exercising a pastoral ministry involving children in the church have responsibility for the safety and welfare of the children in their care.
Abuse is power misused
Leaders have authority over children because of their positional power and because of their greater age, maturity, physical size and life experience. Abuse arises from the misuse of authority or power. Any form of abuse is always wrong.
MAPPING THE PLAN FOR SAFETY PRACTISES
PATHWAY TO SPECIFIC DOCUMENTS TAILORED FOR SPECIFIC ROLES INFORMATION, HELP RISE AWARENESS AND PROMOTE CULTURE OF SAFE MINISTRY IN CHURCH AND THE BROADER COMMUNITY