WVA: Child Protection & Safety Information

This page includes:

  • WVA Child Safe Statement
  • OAC Ministries Child Protection Policy, Reporting Procedure, and Code of Conduct

WVA CHILD SAFE STATEMENT

Worldview Australia (WVA) is a ministry of OAC Ministries (Aust) Ltd (“OAC”). That means that OAC’s policies and procedures are applicable to WVA, including OAC’s Child Protection Policy.

This “WVA Child Protection Statement” is here to clarify and add any further information beyond that in the Policy. We ask that both the participants and their guardians read and consider this information statement and the Policy below and ensure they agree with any details before registering for WVA Camp.

Feeling Safe and Heard

An important part of any program or activity is that participants feel safe and able to share any concerns. We encourage Campers while on the WVA camp to approach any of the WVA Leaders, Directors or other Team members if they have any concerns or feel unsafe in any way.
If you have complaints, questions or concerns you can speak with any OAC staff of volunteers (include WVA Team members) or you can contact us at .

Accommodation

In line with our Child Safe Policy, we do not allow Leaders/Team members to sleep in the same room as participants. Wherever accommodation allows for it, at least two WVA Team members of the same gender as Campers will stay in the same building, but separate rooms.

WVA Team members (of the same gender as Campers) may go into the Campers rooms to check on wellbeing and participation, but will never be alone in the bedroom with a Camper.

Interactions with Leaders during WVA

We believe that the development of healthy mentoring-like relationships is essential for young people’s development in their faith and worldview, but that these types of relationships can pose some risks of inappropriate behaviours if not effectively managed.

Leaders are overseen by our experienced Directors, and we foster a culture of transparency and communication between our Leaders and Directors (and any other WVA Team members) to improve the supportive and guiding role WVA Leaders have for Campers during Camp.

Aside from OAC’s screening, training, clear oversight by WVA Director’s, and the application of our Child Safe Policy (see below), WVA aims to further reduce this potential risk by never allowing any Team member to intentionally be alone with a Camper and always including at least two Team members and two Campers during activities and interactions.

Personal Conversations

Campers may want to speak privately about personal matters with a WVA Leader or Team member that they trust. This will never be initiated by a Team member and wherever appropriate Team members should seek to have another Team member and/or Camper with them. Regardless, Team members will:

  • make sure other Team members are aware of what’s happening,
  • always remain in eyesight of other Team members,
  • debrief on sensitive conversations with a WVA Director (to ensure transparency and accountability).

Team members will not promise Campers that they will “keep secrets”, but that they will protect their privacy and only share as much as is needed to ensure accountability amongst the WVA Team and that WVA is a safe environment to share if they feel comfortable.

Interactions with Leaders After WVA

WVA Leaders enjoy the opportunity to follow up with Campers after WVA to hear how they have been applying what they learnt in their lives. We believe in the importance of transparency in any personal communications between WVA Team members and Campers.

Team members are not to connect or communicate with Campers via social media, mobile phone, any messaging applications, gaming platforms etc.

WVA Leaders WILL be writing to each of the Campers they had in their “small group” after Camp using the postage address provided during registration (see WVA Privacy Information).

If a Campers parent/guardian has marked that Leaders are permitted to communicate with the Camper via the parents/guardian’s email address, then the Leader may make contact via email, either directly to the parents/guardian’s email address or while CC’ing in the parents/guardian’s email address AND the WVA email address.

WVA cannot directly control of the information and data from Team members personal email addresses to Campers, however all Team members must adhere to OAC’s Privacy Policy and all related requirements to keep information private and secure wherever possible. All email communications CC’d to the WVA address are not read in detail (to preserve Camper privacy as much as possible) but are generally checked to ensure appropriate conduct from Team members and then archived for compliance purposes. Only WVA Directors and authorised OAC staff will ever access these emails.

Medications and Health Requirements

We ask and expect that Campers are able to remain vigilant of situations which may be a risk for their medical conditions, such as the potential presence of an allergy inducing trigger, activities which may aggravate asthma, and food which may not fit dietary needs.

Campers’ essential medical information is kept in a physical and digital format accessible to all Team members during WVA.

If a Camper needs to take regular medications, including asthma, we ask that Campers hold and administer their own medications. A Team member will try to be available to hold any essential medications during activities on behalf of a Camper (such as asthma puffers during a physical activity).

First Aid and Emergencies

WVA will have first aid trained individuals on the Team to respond to basic incidents during WVA. First aid will be administered at any point we believe is necessary or as precaution. If we believe there is any possibility of a more serious injury or concern for health, we will not hesitate to call an ambulance for any Camper, or proceed to transport a Camper to a local GP for medical assessment.

The WVA Team will endeavour to contact Camper’s parents and/or emergency contact as soon as is possible following an incident to inform of the circumstances, actions taken, and check additional information to assist medical professionals.

If permission has been given on the registration form for a Camper, one of the WVA Team members with first aid training may provide one of the listed medications in the event of an illness or injury on WVA. We will only ever provide medication when it seems necessary and always following on-label instructions.

In an emergency the WVA Team will take whatever steps they believe are necessary to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Campers and it may not be possible to make contact with parents or emergency contacts until a situation has ended or all Campers and Team are safe.

OAC MINISTRIES CHILD SAFE POLICY,

REPORTING PROCEDURE, AND CHILD SAFE CODE OF CONDUCT