Churches of Christ in NSW requires all ministering persons employed across local churches and ministries to become voluntary subscribers to a “Code of Conduct” with respect to their ministry. Should you have a serious complaint of misconduct against an employee (who is a ministering person) then you can refer this matter to our professional standards unit. Only qualified ministry personnel are covered by the Code of Conduct. All concerns with respect to volunteers in local churches, should be addressed to the local church concerned.
Churches should be places where each person, whether adult or child, feels safe.
We expect our ministers to be people of integrity and for this reason each minister of Churches of Christ in NSW is required to agree to, sign and be held accountable to a Code of Conduct. This Code deals with areas of misconduct and the management of inappropriate behaviour.
A Professional Standards Unit (PSU) exists to manage this Code. Any person who has a complaint about a minister in an area of misconduct has the right to make a confidential complaint. For further information about the Code or the PSU, you can email the co-ordinator here [email protected]
SAFE CHURCH TRAINING
Fresh Hope in NSW and the ACT is committed to helping our ministries and our churches to be safe for all people. We have an agreement with the NSW/ACT Baptist Association to deliver the ‘Creating Safe Spaces’ training program across all of our ministries. This program includes online content and a three-hour face-to-face workshop and cover topics such as:
- Duty of Care;
- Understanding Power and Authority and the potential for their misuse;
- Understanding and identifying various forms of abuse;
- Reporting requirements relating to child abuse;
- Responding to abuse of vulnerable adults; and
- Safe church practices, risk assessments and reporting.
More information can be found at www.creatingsafespaces.org.au.
If you would like to inquire about hosting a safe church training workshop or require more information on safe church related matters please contact Ross Stewart on 8573 6079 or email [email protected]
National Redress Scheme Update from Fresh Hope
The National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2018 was passed on 19 June 2018 and received Royal Assent on 22 June 2018. The Scheme has commenced from the 1st July and Institutions are encouraged to explore opting into the scheme. For more information please see:
Some denominations have already opted into the scheme, and Churches of Christ are collaboratively working with our other States/Territories to inform our position and consider if and how we opt into the scheme.
We will update our affiliated entities in coming weeks.
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