Our Commitment to Ensure a Child Safe Environment for All
 
Our Lady of the Pines Parish, Donvale, holds the care, safety and wellbeing of children as a fundamental responsibility of our parishes. This commitment is drawn from, and inherent to, the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the dignity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.
 
A culture of safety within our parishes ensures that children can actively and fully participate in the life of the Church and realise their potential in a faith community.
 
Our Commitment
Our parish is committed to upholding the safety and dignity of each child and young person and ensuring that they are able to grow and develop in a caring and supportive environment within our parishes.
 
Our parish is committed to ensuring that all persons who have, or may be expected to have, contact with children and young people
acknowledge their responsibility to safeguard children and young people from abuse and discrimination.  Please click on the following link to view our Parish Statement of Commitment:  OLOP Statement of Commitment Dec 2019
  
Child Safe Policy
Our parish adopts the Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy developed by the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
 
We are working towards ensuring that all clergy, staff, parish volunteers, and regular contractors hold a current Working With Children Check. Clergy, staff, and selected parish volunteers will also be required to hold a valid Police Check.  All clergy, staff, parish volunteers, regular contractors and facilities hirers will also be provided with Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct documentation.  Please click on the following link to view the Code of Conduct: Code of Conduct V1 Jan 2020 
 
They will also be required to sign a declaration that they have read, understood, and commit to abiding by the Code.  Please click on the following link to view the declaration: Code of Conduct Declaration Jan 2020
 
The Parish Office will keep up to date records of WWCC and police checks, as well as the signed Declaration for the Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct.
 
Training
All clergy, staff, and parish volunteers will be required to attend a training session on Child Safety annually. In addition, those with direct contact with children and young people will be required to attend an additional training session once every three years.  Both training sessions will be facilitated by the Archdiocese of Melbourne’s Professional Standards Unit.
 
Reporting and Responding to Child Abuse
Each and every one of us has a duty of care to protect children and young people from harm, and respond to and report all concerns,
allegations or complaints of child-safe related misconduct and/or child abuse.
 
If you have formed a reasonable belief that a child or young person has experienced abuse, is experiencing abuse or is at risk of harm, please follow the reporting procedure detailed here:
 
 
Safeguarding Committee
The Safeguarding Committee of joint parishes Ss Peter and Paul and Our Lady of the Pines comprises the following members:
Fr Jerald Mariadas – Parish Priest
Cheryl Tay – Pastoral Worker, SSPP
Patricia Vandekolk – Principal, SSPP school
Annewee Tan – Parishioner, SSPP
Kathy Stewart – Parishioner, OLOP
Tereza Rada – Parishioner, OLOP