Child safety at Uniting

Keeping Children and Young people safe.

We are committed to providing services that keep children and young people safe.

Child safe organisation

Our commitment to child safety.

A child safe organisation takes action to promote child wellbeing and prevent harm to children and young people.

We ensure our staff and volunteers are responsible for child safety across all areas of our work. 

All children and young people have the right to feel and be safe and connected to their lands, sea, and culture.

Accordingly, Uniting commits to:   
  • Doing all in our power to safeguard children and young people from all forms of abuse, harm, neglect, discrimination, or exclusion  
  • Providing culturally safe environments where children and young people are   respected, nurtured, and cared for 
  • Ensuring we report abuse or allegations of abuse, harm, and neglect to the   appropriate authorities   
  • Ensuring policy, practice and decision making which affects the safety of children and young people focuses on the importance of child safety. 

Taking action

Our work focusses on empowering and keeping children and young people safe.

Training for all staff

All Uniting staff are required to complete child safety training and comply with the Child Safety Code of Conduct.

Child safety champions

We have provided additional training to some staff, making them Child Safeguarding Champions.

Using our expertise

Our Child Safety Advisory Committee has been established to ​​​​​​​oversee our child safe strategies.

Information for children and young people

Posters have been developed to help children and young people understand their rights and what to do if they feel unsafe.

Uniting Child Safety Officers

Where you can get help if you are worried or are feeling unsafe

Shirl Lamperd

Manager Safeguarding and External Reporting

Uniting Child Safety Officer

Contact Shirl on (03) 9192 8100

Maree Kulkens

Senior Manager Quality Improvement and Performance

Uniting Child Safety Officer

Contact Maree on (03) 9192 8100

Useful contacts

Police – 000

Kids Helpline – 1800 551 800

Bravehearts – 1800 272 831

Child Abuse Prevention Services (CPAS) –  VIC 131 478 TAS 1800 000 123

Childwise – National Child Abuse Prevention Helpline – 1300 244 539

Victorian Child Protection Contacts 

Tasmanian Child Safety Service Contacts – 1800 000 123

Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency 

Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre1800 132 260

Lifeline – 13 11 14

1800 RESPECT – 1800 737 732

Domestice Violence Helpline– 1800 800 098

MensLine Australia – 1300 789 978

Get in touch

We’re here for you

Please contact us if you have any questions about child safety at Uniting.

Call us on
(03) 9192 8100