Last updated on 22 July 2024

St John’s creates and maintains an environment where proactive steps are taken to make our community a safe place for all, especially children and the vulnerable. Policies and practices are in place to reduce risk and promote transparency.

Important Links

We use the policy documents of the Diocese of Wollongong to help us protect and maintain the safety of our children. Click on the links below for more information.

Working with Children Check Policy

The Diocese of Wollongong (DoW) Working with Children Check (WWCC) Policy is a resource for persons who are responsible for implementing the WWCC legislation in parishes and ministries in the DoW. The Policy has an accompanying DoW WWCC Practice Note (see below for more information and to download).

This policy has been particularly developed to assist parishes and ministries within DoW to ensure that any volunteers and employees engaging in child-related work have verified WWCC Clearances prior to their commencement work with parish or diocesan ministries.

Integrity in Our Common Mission

Integrity in Our Common Mission is the National Code of Conduct for those exercising pastoral ministry in dioceses of the Catholic Church in Australia. This document combines the key principles from the two previous national documents, Integrity in Ministry and Integrity in the Service of the Church, and gives consideration to best practice approaches to safe ministry. These two documents are now superseded by Integrity in Our Common Mission which now becomes the foundational conduct document for anyone ministering or working in the Church, whether that be in a paid or voluntary capacity, clergy, religious or lay person.

10 Child Safe Standards

The Royal Commission has recommended that all organisations that have any contact with children must be compliant with 10 National Child Safe Standards (the Standards) as outlined in Volume 6, Making Institutions Child Safe. The Standards are a benchmark against which organisations can assess their child safe capacity and set performance targets for a best practice approach to child safety. The Standards are interrelated and work together to articulate a holistic approach to child safety. There are necessary overlaps between the Standards and they can be implemented alongside other standards.

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