Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

The Anglican Diocese of Bendigo is committed to keeping children and young people safe.

As a church we:

  • recognise the pain and suffering of survivors of childhood abuse;
  • commit to promoting a child safe culture throughout all levels of our church;
  • are especially aware of children’s diverse backgrounds, circumstances and needs and commit to providing equal protection to all children and young people and actively work to address racism and discrimination
  • welcome ongoing legislative change that improves child safety in organisations;
  • endorse and are determined to comply with the Victorian Child Safe Standards in order to be a child safe church;
  • support the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse,
  • encourage ongoing child safe education and policy development in our diocese
  • commit to creating environments that allow children and young people to reach their potential and thrive in all areas of their wellbeing, including spiritual wellbeing.
  • ensure appropriate support and reporting mechanisms are in place for children and young people when they have concerns or complaints
  • value the voice of all children and young people and actively seek their opinions and views

Resolution of the Synod of the Anglican Diocese of Bendigo
27 May 2022

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