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Safe Church

Our Commitment

Lugar Brae Uniting Church is committed to protecting children's safety by implementing Child Safe Principles across all church activities and services. We maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards all forms of child abuse and are dedicated to safeguarding children from harm. Under the guidance of the UCA National Safe Church Unit, the UCA Child Safe Principles were developed. The Children’s Guardian Act 2019 (NSW) establishes the primary framework guiding child-safe practices in organisations in NSW.

Lugar Brae Uniting Church embraces the National Child Safe Framework, the 10 Child Safe Principles are embodied within the Church and play a vital role in preventing child harm.

Child Safe Principles

    • Child safety is embedded in day-to-day church practices and activities

    • Church leaders, staff and volunteers follow the appropriate UCA codes of conduct, Child Safe policies and guidelines, and local church child safe procedures

    • Decision-making prioritises the needs and welfare of children

    • Church leaders, staff, volunteers, children and young people have a sound knowledge of children’s rights, including the rights to feel safe and be heard

    • The culture of the church creates an environment where it is difficult for abuse to occur

    • There is an appropriate response to, and reporting of child abuse by church leaders, staff and volunteers

    • Children feel safer knowing they have input into church decisions involving them.

    1. Children know how adults should behave

    2. Children understand that they are worth listening to and respected

    3. Children speak up about their safety and the safety of their friends to adults

    4. Children are aware they can access support services when needed and are confident to do so

    5. The church has programs and resources to educate children and young people on their rights and has appropriate platforms to regularly seek feedback and encourage people in decision-making.

    6. Children participate in decision-making in the church.

    • Families and carers feel welcome and heard

    • Families, carers and the community support the church to be safer for children

    • Families and carers are comfortable asking questions about how the church prioritises child safety.

    • The church creates opportunities for families and communities to be involved in the operation of the church

    • The church seeks feedback from families and the community regarding their practices.

    • Children with diverse needs speak up about concerns about their safety and that of their friends, and adults take them seriously

    • No children are disadvantaged by accessing or engaging with church programs and activities

    • The culture of the church allows children with diverse needs to feel valued and important

    • The church community recognises, values and promotes diversity and inclusivity

    • Church leaders and volunteers feel confident in working with all children irrespective of their differing needs

    • There is an increased participation of children with diverse needs in all activities


Telling someone can make a difference, It’s ALWAYS OK to tell someone if you’re being hurt or if you’re unhappy with the way you’re being treated or if a friend tells you they are not OK.

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