This policy outlines the underlying principles that direct our approach to safeguarding vulnerable people involved with Coast Evangelical Church. It applies to all staff, leaders, pastors, coordinators, volunteers, trainees and anyone working on behalf of Coast Evangelical Church (“Relevant Leaders”). The Ministry Pastor of Coast Evangelical Church takes responsibility for ensuring these principles are reviewed regularly and embedded in the organisation culture at all levels.
We are committed to the Biblical call to care for the vulnerable by actively preventing harm and abuse, and by seeking to provide safe programs. We are also responsible and accountable fulfilling our obligations under State and Federal law to protect children and vulnerable people.
We are committed to ensuring that vulnerable people (including children, families, the disabled and elderly) are informed and involved in decisions that considerably affect them. We recognise the diverse needs of vulnerable people should be taken into account and that their concerns be taken seriously. We are committed to embedding this care into all levels of our leadership and culture.
We are committed to ensuring all Relevant Leaders are screened, appropriately supported and trained through the process outlined below.
No-one with a criminal record of child abuse, molestation or similar offences is allowed to be involved in children's or youth ministry at Coast Evangelical Church.
We are committed to ensuring that our programs and events are safe and appropriate for those attending. Careful consideration must be given to the activities chosen, the venue, safe ratios of supervision, appropriate toileting practices, transportation, work health and safety, parental or guardian permission and confidentiality of records kept.
To help maintain appropriate standards, we will give all relevant leaders access to ongoing training and adequate supervision in their roles and responsibilities.
We are committed to creating a culture where people feel safe to speak out about inappropriate behaviour without fear of being rejected or ridiculed. We are committed to listening and responding appropriately to concerns and complaints about behaviour and safety at Coast Evangelical Church. Throughout this process we are committed to protecting the confidentiality, dignity, health and well-being of all individuals involved. Any child-related issues will be managed with a focus on the interest of the child and will be reported to the relevant State Child Protection body.
All reports will be managed by the Coast Evangelical Church Safe Ministry Contacts:
Tom Brittle - 0402 717 792 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dave Warner - 0431 839 713 - email@example.com
Amanda Blair - 0414 497 827 - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Safe Ministry Contacts will follow a Safe Ministry Issue Management Process. This includes reporting any criminal activity to Police, and the possibility of reporting allegations of abuse to the State Ombudsman and the insurer of Coast Evangelical Church. In certain incidents (as outlined in the Issue Management Process) the Save Ministry Contacts will appoint an Independent Ministry Investigator to investigate allegations of inappropriate behaviour.
We believe that Churches need to take responsibility for how vulnerable people (especially kids) are treated.
If you’ve been invited to be part of our kids’ ministry team, there’s a couple of things we require you to do:
If you're going to be working with Children, you are required by law to apply for a NSW Working with Children Check Number.
It's easy to apply online here. Fill out your details and submit.
Once you get your Application Number (starting with “APP”), take it to a Roads and Marine Services Centre (previously "RTA") to verify your identity.
They will verify your identity and after a few days/weeks they will email you a new WWCC Number (Starting with “WWC”).
After you've got your Working with Children Check number, you'll be invited to the CoastEC online training course.
You’ll be asked to register your name and WWCC details before doing the training. This training only takes about 30-40mins, but it gives you all the information you need to help keep our kids safe (as well as fulfil our legal obligations as a church).
If you have any questions, please contact us.