The Open Episcopal Church


A member of the International Council of Community Churches & the World Council of Churches

Child Protection Policy

The safety and comfort of children is of paramount importance to us

Accordingly, the diocese operates a child protection policy

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  • We will treat all young people with respect

  • Where possible we will plan activities so that there is more than one adult present

  • We will minimise situations where one adult is working alone with a child

  • We will not permit any form of bullying, physical or verbal

  • We will avoid inappropriate physical or verbal contact with others

  • We will endeavour to encourage an atmosphere where members feel free to talk about attitudes or behaviour

PROCEDURE FOLLOWING ALLEGATION OR SUSPICION OF CHILD ABUSE

  • ALL allegations or suspicions MUST be reported immediately and directly to the Social Work Department or Police Child Protection Unit no matter how insignificant they may seem by the person the child has confided in. That person must also notify other officials within the Church that the situation has been reported

  • NO investigation or questioning should be undertaken