Child Safety | St John's Diamond Creek
Child Safety

Child Safety

Committed to the safety and wellbeing of every young person.

As a Christian community, meeting together to worship God in the name of Jesus Christ, we affirm our commitment to the safety of each child and young person who interacts with our community.  God’s word makes it clear that all people are created equal and that any position of power is to be accepted humbly and with the intent of serving others, never to harm them.

Our faith motivates us to love everyone and never to discriminate against anyone, especially on the basis of age, race, gender, language, sexual orientation, disability or family/social background.  Therefore, we seek to protect the safety of all young people without exception. We take a zero tolerance approach to child abuse. We want our church to be a place where young people can come to know and experience the love of Jesus and his followers.

You can view the full Anglican Diocese Child Safe policy here, and the Anglican Diocese Code of Coduct here. We’ve summarised these documents here.

Due the Covid-19 pandemic,  some of our Children and Youth activities have been moved online. To grant permission for Group Online Communication for your child or youth, please  click here. 

Got a concern about Child Safety at our church? Here’s what to do:

Have you been involved in a first aid incident? Fill out an incident report form.

Volunteering or working with children:

It is a requirement of our Church and the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne that volunteers and lay employees undertake a Clearance for Service. We have made progress in meeting these requirements and now need your help to take the next steps in applying for an Interim Certificate for Clearance. The requirements for volunteers and lay employees have recently changed and it is a requirement that you have a current clearance in order to perform a role, office or position of service.

Besides our moral and social obligations to protect vulnerable people, this is a legislative requirement of the Victorian Government for volunteers and lay employees.

There are three steps to obtain clearance for service:

  1. Register for a WWCC
  2. Complete a Police Check
  3. Apply for an Interim Conditional Clearance for Service

updating or registering for a Working with children check (WWCC):

Click here to Register for a new WWCC.

Then click the Apply for Check’ button and follow the instructions.

Click here to Update or Renew your WWCC to be registered with St John’s:

  • Click the “I want to register” button
  • You’ll be asked for some details to confirm who you are
  • You’ll get an email to confirm you’re real, follow the link in that email
  • Login with your email and password
  • Select “Change my details”.
  • Scroll down and add the following three organisations: St John’s Anglican Church Diamond Creek, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, and Kooyoora Office of Professional Standards. You can find the details for each of these on the table below.
  • Make sure to click submit at the bottom of the page when you’re done!
Do you know which specific organisation(s) you work for Yes Yes Yes
Organisation name St John’s Anglican Church Diamond Creek Anglican Diocese of Melbourne Kooyoora Office of Professional Standards for the Diocese of Melbourne
Postal number and street 61 Main St 209 Flinders Lane PO Box 329
Postal Address Line 2      
Suburb Diamond Creek Melbourne Canterbury
State Victoria Victoria Victoria
Postcode 3089 3000 3126
Phone 03 9438 1264 03 9653 4220 03 9416 1008
Occupational work code 64 – Religious organisation 64 – Religious organisation 64 – Religious organisation

St John’s will be posted a copy of your WWCC once it has been approved. This copy will be put on confidential file for record-keeping.

Police/Crim Checks

Please follow the instructions to lodge your national Police History Check online: 

  • Click on this link: https://www.crimcheck.org.au/check/stjohndc 
  • Fill in the details.
  • Once you have completed the form and clicked submit you will receive an email from CrimCheck with full details of your check (including a list to help you understand what documents constitute Proof of ID).
  • You will need to obtain copies of your Proof of ID – these documents provided must consist of: 
  • 1 x Commencement Identity Document (eg: passport)  
  • x Primary Community Document (eg: driver’s licence) 
  • 2 x Secondary Community Documents (egmedicare card & credit/debit card) 
  • Our Child Safety Officer will need to sight these within 10 days of you completing the check online.  Please scan and email your Identity Documents to office@stjohnsdc.org.au.  Alternatively, if you come to the office on a Monday to Thursday (between 9am – 3pm) you can show your Identity Documents in person.  Note: During COVID-19 restrictions documents must be delivered electronically. 
  • As soon as the check is resolved it will be emailed to you. 

Request Interim Conditional Clearance for Service

Volunteers working with children are also required to obtain a Clearance for Service from Kooyoora. Kooyoora Ltd was incorporated on 12 January 2017 to operate independently of the Anglican Church a process to deal with the complaints against Church workers and to operate a screening regime for participating Anglican dioceses pursuant to the Professional Standards Uniform Act 2016of those dioceses. Kooyoora Ltd is an independent Professional Standards company which undertakes Professional Standards work for not for profit charitable entities. More information about Kooyoora is available here.

To request an Interim Conditional Clearance for Service email Kooyoora using the following templated link: (make sure you adjust the email with your details where marked with XXXX, or delete sections not applicable)

Send Email

If the link doesn’t work for you, send an email using the following template:

To: service@kooyoora.org.au
CC: clearances@stjohnsdc.org.au
Subject: Application for Interim Conditional Clearance Certificate
To Kooyoora. My name is XXXX and I am (Insert church role/office e.g.Churchwarden) at the Anglican Parish of Diamond Creek. My Child Safe Officer’s name is Carolyn Burns and their email address is cc’d into this email. I have previously been known by the following names, XXXX. I would like to apply for an Interim Conditional Clearance Certificate.
I commit to attend the Diocese’s Professional Standards and Child Safe Training within nine months of this email. During the past 10 years, I have/have not lived, worked or travelled in another country other than Australia for longer than 12 months. (If applicable, state the country/countries other than Australia that you have lived, worked or travelled in for more than 12 months: XXXX)


Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you have any questions via office@stjohnsdc.org.au or 9438 1264.