Program Audit – March 17, 2016

Produced by Dr Ree Boddé


The 2014-2015 action plan is based on 1 eft. Kempster Consultants are contracted by the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne to implement the strategic policy of the Diocese for 0.5 eft since October 2014, and previously for 0.25 eft – 2012-2013.

Of the 14 actions, 9 outcomes have been achieved, 4 partially and no progress on action 4  ‘reviewing a set of  Diocesan policies and procedures with the purpose of encouraging commitment to equal and respectful relationships in governance and work place settings.’ Based on data collected, the biggest reach into local and regional parishes is electronic. Evidence suggests, however, that active bystander (AB) training offers promising potential to produce change in bystander behaviour as it relates to preventing violence against women and children before it starts.

The development of any new action plan should be revised to reflect the number of hours to develop training pathways i.e. promotional activities, recruitment of CaLD leadership and pastoral follow ups. Several suggestions for future directions  (and the availability of funds) should include the development of a TTT guide, external program evaluation, formal pathways to share best practices with non Anglican organisations looking to replicate the Anglican model and a financial strategy to sustain the Anglican program, which includes more transparent reporting procedures,  terms of reference for the steering committee,  and better consideration of program documents.  

Item 1 & 2 –  50 parishes undertaken basic training and 50 parishes advances; Action plans &   PVAW advocacy across the diocese

The peer mentor program, a 6 session course, was used initially to introduce 8 Anglican leaders from various parishes (St Andrew’s Corio, St Stephen’s Belmont, Bellarine Gateway Parish, St Peter’s East Melbourne, St Paul’s Geelong, Surfcoast Anglican Parish Torquay) to the prevention focus.  Prior to the appointment of Ree, the peer mentor program had been piloted also with the leadership of  St Stephens’ Richmond and the Anglican Parish of Westmeadows/Bulla.

These 8 leaders were to pair up with one other person and go through the peer mentor program. As well, to work with the co-ordinator to develop an action plan for their setting.

3 of the mentors menteed a person within their parish setting.  The 4th  pair failed to complete.  3 mentees were followed up but all showed a reluctance to mentor. The reported obstacles were: the curriculum was too theoretical, potential mentors couldn’t  find a person in their setting to mentee, couldn’t commit to the 6 sessions, pilot failed to attract men as advocates and gate keepers in parishes did not agree with the drivers or the solution

Other barriers and enablers to promoting gender equality at a parish level are listed in Nudging Anglican Parishes to Prevent Violence Against Women [APPVAW], pp. 29-30)        

7 of the 8 leaders were latter introduced to the 10 step program in the Manual and Tool Kit. In tutorials they paired off and delivered some of the steps. None of the original 8 have used this since as a training resource. Feedback from users say that the resource is difficult to navigate. Some have however, utilised information contained in, for example, the fact sheets for community newsletters and presentations.

Elements of both training resources have since been included in the short workshop (2 hours) and half day workshop.

8 actions plans were agreed upon ( NAPPVAW p. 28 ). Commitment to delivering on the actions was selective and for many of the former training participants, the structural support needed to follow through with some of the activities, was unavailable. Former participants also expressed a desire to see that awareness raising exercises produced behavioural change.

In late 2014, the search for a more practical approach began which could also work around inflexible working environments. Work was then undertaken to adapt the New Man, New Woman, New Life biblical resource, to promote equal and respectful relationships. 3 months in to the project, it was decided that people would become side tracked by arguments about mutual submission, complementarianism. In other words, an unambiguous message about full equality could not be delivered.

Early 2015, research continued  and an active bystander approach was identified as promising, offering practical interventions to prevent gender violence, a way to measure behavioural change and deliver the drivers and solution indirectly. (National Plan to Reduce VAW and Their Children 2015).  Mid 2015, 2 workshops were piloted. Since then the uptake by Anglican parishes almost tripled within 8 months  (21 parishes) and gained wider interest locally (3 Anglicans orgs), ecumenically across the State (VCC) and nationally (NCC).

Those either having completed active bystander training or scheduled to do so include:

The Parish of St John’s Diamond Creek ( x 2), The Parish of St Thomas’ Werribee,  Christ Church South Yarra and Grammar ( x 2), St John’s Anglican Church Footscray ( x 2),  St Stephen’s Brighton, Anglican Parish of Westmeadows/ Bulla, Anglican Parish of Banyulle, St Oswald’s Caritas, Parish of  Flinders and Balnarri , St Stephen’s & St Mary’s, Mt Waverly,  St Luke’s Frankston,  Christ Church St Kilda, Saint Eanswythes, St David’s Moorabbin, St Francis in the fields, All Saints Church Mitcham ( x 2),  St Mary’s Sunbury, Community of the Holy Name Oblates and Associates, Ridley Theological College, MU Melbourne, National Council of Churches Australia Workshop Participants.

The sole focus on the  number of training events does not take into account the time it take to open up a training pathway, recruitment of facilitators, event timetabling and pastoral follow ups.

Total 29 orgs (including the 8 involved in the peer mentor program)

Target 50 – outcome 29

Item 3: Coaching of mentors

Currently 14 are undertaking Train the Trainer. A guide needs to be developed to help each get to a point where they can deliver competently the short workshop in their own setting.

Target 50 –  outcome 14

Partially achieved

Item 4: Review set of diocesian policies and procedures with the purpose of encouraging a commitment to equal and respectful relationships in governance and work place settings

An internal review of the governance of the program, proposed by Gordon Preece, and Scott Holmes, should identify a set of processes and procedures to advance the strategic policy of the diocese.    

No action

Item 5: Facilitate the grass roots development of Biblical, theological and other resources that promote equal and respectful relationships

A key finding of the APVAW is that each community needs to undertake the task of developing theological resources to reach a wider audience. For example

prayer for an end to violence against women, compiled by St Stephen’s Gardenvale, was used also by St Thomas’ Werribee 28th Feb.

Target 10 – outcome 8       

Item 6: Publications e.g. news items;  includes writing for the web, opinion editorials, media releases, articles etc

Since June 2015: 36 blogs, used to address the common myths and promote active bystanding

8 monthly newsletters providing latest prevention events, resources and contact with the program. This includes 3 video resources (Primate’s message, Anglican Media Melbourne, Program Director Podcast)

Target  35  –  outcome 46

Action achieved        

Item 7: Maintenance of current Diocesian Web and Face book pages

In 2013, 2014 it was recognised that the Diocesan web page had limited potential to deliver the Anglican program in a co-ordinated manner.

Since 2014 Facebook has attracted 700 new followers  (Total 909). FB page redirects people to the resources on the Diocesan page.

Target  150 – outcome  700

Action achieved

Item 8  Develop a stand-alone website which includes:

(a) content for the web site

(b) implementation of the web site (as funds are raised)

Since its launch in June 2015, 10 navigations labels have been developed and 4 sub items.  This includes links to the Anglican webpage

Kempster Consultants has developed and maintained the website. It is used by the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne, to assist with the delivery of the Anglican Program

The web site currently has 1000 followers.

Action achieved        

Item 9: Network with faith based communities. As well, offer some coaching for those wishing to replicate the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne violence prevention model in their region.

The contract between Kempster Consultants and the diocese is to deliver the program to Anglican Parishes.

The training workshops have however, attracted ecumenical and wider community interest. Refer

Best practices are shared primarily through reports. Since 2014, 4 reports have been produced to encourage replication. Anglican Diocese of Melbourne input into the National Round Table ( Oct 2015); Anglican Diocese of Melbourne Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence (2015) ; Nudging Anglican Parishes to PVAW (2014). And an earlier report  PVAW What Works and What Doesn’t in Anglican Communities ( 2013).

A summary of the Anglican Program, among 18 other Victorian and national programs, was submitted to the CaLD women and Indigenous Women Safety, DHS. This is to be released in April, pending the Royal Commission into Family Violence Report to be released 27th March

At the invitation of VCC in December (2015)  a presentation was delivered to the Faith Communities Council of Victoria and to the Victorian Council of Churches. Since then a multi-faith reference group has been formed to look at potential for replication of the active bsyatnder across selected multi-faith locations in 2016-2017.

Target 10-15.   Outcome: 16

Action achieved.       

Item 10: Networking with local government agencies e.g. VicHealth, Barwon Health;  Monash Link and City of Casey working in the PVAW sector to develop a sense of common direction

Key networks directly involved with:

  1. International Anglican Woman’s Network ( Terrie Robinson)
  2. Islamic Council of Victoria ( Mohamed Mohideen)
  3. National Council of Churches ( Ian Smith)
  4. Victorian Council of Churches ( Ian Smith)
  5. Jewish, Christian, Muslim Association of Australia ( Ginette Everett)
  6. Jewish Council of Victoria (David Marlow)
  7. Catholic Diocese Melbourne ( Donella Johnston)
  8. Victorian Multicultural Commission ( Elizabeth- Baden Hamilton)
  9. Victorian Police (Jason Kelly)
  10. VMC Barwon South Western Regional Council (Helen Kapols)
  11. VMC Regional Advisory Council – Hume ( Tony O’Hea)
  12. Australian Karen Foundation (Ron Browning)
  13. United Nations: Victoria Status of Women Committee ( Sheila Bayard)
  14. League of Women Voters Victoria ( Sheila Bayard)
  15. VicHealth ( Liz Murphy)
  16. Our Watch ( Scott Holmes)

Target 5 annually – outcome 16

Action achieved

Item 11: Assist with the design and management of APVAW program impact study

Research and development of the AB component undertaken ( 2015) and proposal to externally evaluate the efficacy of the AB training submitted to the steering committee in February 2016.

Action achieved        

Item 12: Production of monthly APERR for PVAW program reports (includes progress against program objectives)

Since 2014, 34 monthly reports have been produced against PLM objectives

 Target 30 – Action achieved

Item 13: Undertake an evaluation of the 2014 APERR for PVAW

Nudging Anglican Parishes to PVAW (2014). Documents lessons learned ( pp.2-3) ; analyses training data, interest in the program and 12 recommendations to progress  primary prevention in  Anglican settings.

The 10 recommendations proposed in the May 2014 report, have as yet to be considered by the Steering Committee.

Action achieved         

Item 14: Brochures, posters, Anglican Peer Mentoring Program and Promoting Equal and Respectful Relationships in Faith Communities Manual and Tool Kit, 2014 Program Report

The Anglican Peer Mentor Program curriculum content and Manual and Tool Kit, are both included in the basic short workshop and TTT sessions.

The poster and brochure have not been updated since 2014 as the 2015/2016 budget is yet to be approved.

Refer item 9 for program reports produced.

Action partially achieved