St Michael’s creates and maintains an environment where proactive steps are taken to make our community a safe place for all, especially children and the vulnerable. Policies and practices are in place to reduce risk and promote transparency.

Important Links

We use the policy documents of the Diocese of Wollongong to help us protect and maintain the safety of our children. Click on the links below for more information.

Working with Children Check Policy

The Diocese of Wollongong (DoW) Working with Children Check (WWCC) Policy is a resource for persons who are responsible for implementing the WWCC legislation in parishes and ministries in the DoW. The Policy has an accompanying DoW WWCC Practice Note (see below for more information and to download).

This policy has been particularly developed to assist parishes and ministries within DoW to ensure that any volunteers and employees engaging in child-related work have verified WWCC Clearances prior to their commencement work with parish or diocesan ministries.

Towards Healing

Towards Healing is the primary document of the Australian Catholic Church in relation to sexual, emotional and physical abuse. It presents the attitudes and procedures that are followed when a person approaches the church. It does not attempt to replace the other options available to an individual: reporting a matter to the police, or working through a lawyer.

Integrity in Ministry

A document of principles and standards for catholic clergy religious in Australia. Its purpose is to service as a resource for those preparing for ministry in the Catholic Church and as a code of conduct for reflection for those already involved in ministry. It sets out behaviour for clergy and religious to integrate into their day-to-day ministry and services as a check-list against which they can review the quality of the ministerial activities in which they engage.

Integrity in Service of the Church

A resource document of principles and standards for lay workers in the Catholic Church in Australia. This document is not, itself, a code of behaviour but aims to provide resources which groups of Church Workers might use in devising their own specific guidelines, documents and processes. This document outlines principles of conduct for any lay person who performs paid or unpaid work in the service of the church.

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