We are committed to maintaining a safe community for children by implementing the Breaking the Silence Policy and Code of Conduct provided by the Presbyterian Church of Australia.
The Breaking the Silence Policy calls for regularly screening and training of leaders and volunteers working with children under the age of 18. There are clear reporting procedures in place and the leadership at Chapel Hill regular review these policies and procedures.
All volunteers serving in Kids Church have been interviewed, gone through a criminal record check, receive child safety training and have been members of Chapel Hill for a minimum of 6 months. We have a policy of team teaching in Kids Church, meaning that there will always be a team of two teachers present to lead the children.
All our volunteers working with children are appointed after a full screening process. The process begins with a formal application with reference checks and interview with the Children’s Ministry Co-ordinator. All applicants must have a NSW Working With Children Check (NSW WWCC), which involves a national police check (criminal history check) and a review of reportable workplace misconduct. Applicants are then registered and verified by the Conduct Protocol Unit of Jericho Road Presbyterian Social Services before they are appointed to serve in Kids Church.
Under no circumstances will a person with a criminal record of child abuse, molestation or similar offences be allowed to be involved in our children's ministry.
Breaking The Silence Training
All our volunteers working with children are required to complete the Breaking the Silence course every three years to be regularly trained on how to respond to OH&S incidents (allergies, fire and medical emergencies) and child safety issues.
We mandate the reporting of any forms of abuse or concerns regarding child safety to the Police and the Conduct Protocol Unit. The Conduct Protocol Unit will assist the civil or church authorities in the investigation process.
Toileting of Children
Please note that due to our policy, only parents or guardians are to change children's nappies. If your child is at Kids Church and requires changing, a Kids Church teacher or assistant will notify the parent. For any children who are toilet training, all children are to be accompanied by more than one person when going to the toilet.