Our Lady Help of Christians, Eltham Parish
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2 Henry Street
Eltham Vic 3095
Michael Sierakowski & Terry Kean
(03) 9435 2178
Monday to Friday 9:00am to 3:00pm

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Child Safety

St Francis Xavier and Our Lady Help of Christians Parish Communities are committed to the safety and well-being of all children and young people.  Our commitment is drawn from and inherent in the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel.

We have zero tolerance for child abuse, this includes: sexual, physical and emotional abuse or neglect.

St Francis Xavier and Our Lady Help of Christians Parishes are committed to providing a child safe environment where children and young people are safe and feel safe, and their voices are heard about decisions that affect their lives.  Every parishioner has a responsibility to understand the important and specific role he/she plays individually and collectively to ensure that the well-being and safety of all children and young people is at the forefront of parish life.

Our Child Safeguarding Policy, Code of Conduct and all associated policies and procedures have a specific focus on safeguarding children and young people.

If you have concerns about the safety of a child, please contact our Child Safeguarding Officer at : SFX&OLHC.ChildSafety@cam.org.au.

If you suspect a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm or you witness an act of child abuse dial 000 and report the matter immediately to Victoria Police.

Alternatively, you can contact the Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Teams (SOCITs) located across Victoria.  SOCITs provide a specialist response in relation to sexual offences and child abuse.
Telephone contact information is available from the Victoria Police Website: https://www.police.vic.gov.au

Also, the SANO Task Force investigates past abuse that has occurred in religious and non-government organisations.
Telephone: 1800 110 007
Email: sanotaskforce@police.vic.gov.au

If you wish to make an allegation of abuse or complaint in relation to sexual, physical, spiritual and emotional abuse against a priest or other member of the clergy, an employee, volunteer or a layperson of the Melbourne Archdiocese then you can contact the Professional Standards Unit.
Telephone: (03) 9926 5630
Email: professional.standards@cam.org.au

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