Our Children and Youth Protection Policy
Liberty Hill Christian Centre is committed to creating a safe and healthy environment in which young people can learn about and experience God's love. Children and young people are vulnerable and trusting.
As those charged with leading and caring for them, we have a responsibility to ensure their safety and wellbeing. They have the right to be emotionally and physically safe, respected and have their views and opinions valued at all times.
In order to ensure this, we provide supervision for all activities and programs involving children and youth, and employ practices that provide for the safety of children, youth, and those who care for them. To that end, Liberty Hill Christian Centre has adapted the Australian Christian Churches (NSW) child and youth protection policy as its own.
All workers must agree to attend Towards Safe Places workshop.
All workers must adhere to the principles, guidelines and processes outlined in the Towards Safe Places program.
Our policy has the following goals:
- To minimise the risk of abuse to children and young people within the church.
- To ensure that all cases of suspected abuse are handled in a consistent and thorough manner.
- To ensure that leaders and programs are safe.
- To ensure that children and young people are respected, valued irrespective of their gender age, country of origin, cultural heritage, socioeconomic background, or ability.
Liberty Hill is committed to:
a) Child friendly environments
We will afford children and young people a say in the programs and the activities in which they are to participate by fostering and valuing their ideas and encouraging participation in all areas of the life of the church, as far as is sensible and practical.
We will obtain information relating to the children and young people’s health and family situation, to ensure that we are able to care for the physical and emotional needs of the children and young people.
b) Safe Physical environments
All workers to follow the ACC-NSW Safe Environment Procedures.
Ministry Facilitators and Workers will exercise a duty of care through the use of forms, checklists and templates made available through the TOWARDS SAFE PLACES Implementation Pack for establishing and maintaining a safe environment..
All Leaders, Ministry Leaders and workers will ensure that the following areas are incorporated into establishing and maintaining a safe physical environment in the church:
- first aid protocols;
- food safety practices;
- risk assessment for activities;
- adequate ministry supervision for activities;
- transport protocols;
- critical incident and emergency protocols
- and ministry review.
To create child safe and child friendly churches we need to ensure that we have safe leaders and safe programs.
Liberty Hill is committed to, adheres to and has implemented the guidelines developed by the NSW Government Working with Children Check as outlined on http://www.kids.nsw.gov.au/. All of our workers, staff and volunteers, undergo the required training and checks as outlined by the program.
As a church, Liberty Hill Christian Centre has determined that it is prudent and good practice that every member of staff and volunteer, whether they work with children directly or not, is to apply for a “Working with Children Check”.
Refer to LHCC Policies and Procedures Manual for more.