Standard three

Partnering with families, carers and communities

Families, carers and communities are informed and involved in promoting child safety

3.1 Families and carers have the primary responsibility for the upbringing and development of their child and actively participate in decisions affecting their child.

3.1.1    The Church entity supports and encourages families and carers to take an active role in monitoring children’s safety when participating in Church activities.

3.2 The Church entity engages in open, accessible two-way communication with families, carers and communities about its child safeguarding approach, with relevant information easily accessible.

3.2.1    The Church entity promotes open dialogue and provides a range of ways for families, carers and communities to contribute to discussions about its child safety approach.

3.2.2    The Church entity provides families, carers and communities with contact details and information regarding the appointment of Safeguarding Trustees/Champions and Safeguarding Co-ordinators.

3.3 Families, carers and communities have a say in the Church entity’s policies and practices.

3.3.1    Processes are in place to engage families, carers and communities about their views on policies and practices for keeping children safe.

3.4 Families, carers and communities are informed about the Church entity’s operations and governance.

3.4.1    The Church entity ensures families, carers and communities are aware of relevant Church leadership and the roles of these leaders.

3.5 The Church entity takes a leadership role in raising community awareness of child abuse in organisational contexts.

3.5.1    The Church entity actively promotes and participates in civic engagement activities and campaigns which promote whole of community awareness of child abuse prevention.

3.6 The Church entity appropriately manages and aims to minimise risks posed by known offenders in its worshipping community.

3.6.1    The Church entity implements a process for assessing, identifying and managing risks associated with known offenders in its worshipping community who are attending activities – including sacramental and liturgical celebrations—of the Church entity.