We are committed to making our church a safe church
Waverley Baptist Church (WBC) is committed to the highest standard of child safety, and will take all appropriate steps to develop, implement and maintain principles, policies and procedures which ensure children are safe and protected from harm.
WBC has zero tolerance for child abuse, is committed to acting in children’s best interests and keeping them safe, and actively works to empower children. WBC will not knowingly engage any person as a staff member, ministry leader or helper who poses an unacceptable risk to children.
We have specific policies, procedures and training in place that support our leadership team, staff and volunteers to achieve these commitments.
Our Child Protection Policy
All people, including children and young people, have the right to be respected and valued as well as feel emotionally, physically and spiritually safe always.
This policy applies to all staff and volunteers of Waverley Baptist Church.
To protect all children, young people and adults who participate in programs of Waverley Baptist Church
To provide staff and volunteers the overarching principles to guide our approach to child protection
Help staff, leaders of ministries, helpers and volunteers to create an organisational culture that protects children from abuse
Proper and thorough handling of any and all cases of suspected abuse.
Proper training and upkeep of training of leaders and volunteers to keep programs safe
Ensuring all people are respected, valued and safe.
Our Safe Church Team consists of
Youth Group Leader
Safe Church Officer
Waverley Baptist is committed to:
Safe recruitment of leaders
Code of Conduct
Provision of an open and safe envirment
Understand and value diversity
Response to allegations of risk of harm/abuse and serious misconduct
Where a leader has an allegation of abuse made against them, we will provide support to alleged victims and perpetrators and seek appropriate denominational assistance for a just and fair resolution
Response to other disclosures of abuse
This policy and all other policies will be reviewed annually and following any significant incidents, to ensure the policies are meeting all legislative responsibilities and best practice benchmarks.