CHILD SAFETY PROTOCOLS

Grace Communion International  (GCI) has a rich history of ministry to children and young people. GCI Child Safety protocols aim to ensure that congregations provide an ongoing safe place for children and young people where they can grow and flourish. The protocols aim to remove risk of harm or anything that could represent a threat to the physical, emotional and spiritual safety of children and young people.  Any risk of harm or suspected abuse or misconduct will be responded to and handled thoroughly.  All leaders will report disclosures or suspicions of child abuse in accordance with policies and procedures. 

In endorsing the safety of children, GCI has adopted the ChildSafe SP3 system and is committed to the sound implementation of its policies and procedures.  The ChildSafe training, Code of Conduct, Code of Ethics and understanding of policies and procedures help ensure a safe environment for children and alignment with the 10 Child Safe Standards as set out by the Royal Commission:

1. Child safety and wellbeing is embedded in organisational leadership, governance and culture. 

2. Children and young people are informed about their rights, participate in decisions affecting them and are taken seriously.

3. Families and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety and wellbeing. 

4. Equity is upheld and diverse needs respected in policy and practice.

5. People working with children and young people are suitable and supported to reflect child safety and wellbeing values in practice. 

6. Processes for complaints and concerns are child focused. 

7. Staff and volunteers are equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to keep children and young people safe through ongoing education and training. 

8. Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed. 

9. Implementation of the national child safe principles is regularly reviewed and improved. 

10. Policies and procedures document how the organisation is safe for children and young people.

The Child Safe Policy is to be read and implemented in conjunction with the relevant documents to ensure adherence with the standards.  A suite of tools and forms are available to support congregations to implement the policy and processes.

All Ministry leaders, staff and volunteers are required to have current working with children checks and to undertake ChildSafe training with a refresher course every 3 years.  Additional ministry-specific training is to be undertaken as required.