As part of ensuring that our churches are safe places, the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo has adopted the following Safe Church policies:
Faithfulness in Service
This Code is intended to identify the personal behaviour and practices of pastoral ministry that will enable clergy and church workers to serve faithfully those among whom they minister. If the behaviour and practices it outlines are followed, our communities will be safer places for everyone, where integrity is honoured, accountability is practised and forgiveness encourages healing and does not conceal misconduct.
A summary version is also available.
Child Safe Policy
The Anglican Diocese of Bendigo welcomes the report of the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Organisations (2013), known generally as the Betrayal of Trust enquiry, and the consequent legislated child safe standards.
The intention of this policy is to protect and empower our children and to guide our staff and volunteers on how to behave with children in our organisation.
Safe Church Policy
This policy aims to minimise the risk of abuse or ministry misconduct, ensure that all cases of suspected abuse and misconduct are handled thoroughly and ensure that leaders and programs are safe.
This policy helps ensure communication and the sharing and providing of information between church members is appropriate, timely and related to church matters only.
Electronic Communication Guidelines
The Electronic Communication Guidelines provide church leaders with appropriate direction when using electronic communication, such as email, SMS and social networking, with children or young people.