Welcome to the Keeping Children Safe website.  This website is for congregations, presbyteries and faith communities of the Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania.  You will find here everything you need to make your organisation as safe as possible for children.


This website is designed to enable you to meet your moral and legal responsibilities as spelled out in the Child Safe Policy.


The Uniting Church Synod of Victoria and Tasmania makes the following commitment:

  • All children who are involved in any of the Uniting Church’s activities, services, events or programs have a right to feel and be safe. The Uniting Church in Australia is committed to provide safe environments where children are cared for, respected, nurtured and sustained.
  • We have zero tolerance of all forms of child abuse and will do all in our power to safeguard children from abuse.
  • The Church commits itself to the creation and maintenance of a child-safe culture to ensure the care, protection and safety of all children engaging with the Church in any of its entities.
  • Abuse thrives on secrecy. To prevent child abuse across the Church, we are committed to providing clear leadership and open and transparent governance to combat secrecy.
  • The Church clearly affirms its commitment to upholding the law. This includes the requirement to report abuse to the appropriate authorities.

Contact the Culture of Safety Unit

We look forward to your feedback, including which resources you find helpful or any you would like us to add.

The Culture of Safety Unit can be contacted by:

Sue Clarkson - Ethical Standards Manager
sue.clarkson@victas.uca.org.au or 03 9116 1433

Josh Tuhipa-Turner - Safe Church Educator
josh.tuhipa-turner@victas.uca.org.au or 03 9116 1438

Pam Kretzschmar - Safe Church Administration Officer
pam.kretzschmar@victas.uca.org.au or 03 9116 1436

Bethel Pastoral Centre is available to people who want to talk with someone confidentially about abuse and misuse of power within the church.
Telephone 03 9859 8700; email bethel@victas.uca.org.au