A duty of care exists when your actions could be reasonably expected to affect another person. As a leader working with children and young people you have a duty of care towards them and your co-leaders, and potentially others that you may come into contact with.

Duty of care is your obligation to act as a reasonable person towards others in whatever circumstances arise in your position as a leader. Your actions should be made with care, attention, caution, and common sense. If they are not, then you may breach your duty of care.

If you are not paid by the church to work with children and young people then the church is responsible for your actions as a volunteer. This is why under Breaking the Silence you have been provided with training, a Code of Conduct, Our Policy, and a clear job description. If you do not have a copy of these please contact the Conduct Protocol Unit.

To minimise the risk of breaching your duty of care:

  • Regularly re-assess your ministry and take steps to minimise the risks.
  • When you see a situation that may be dangerous take action.
  • Do nothing to harm any person.
  • If you are unsure of what to do in a situation, seek advice.
  • Complete the Breaking the Silence Basic Training course at least every three years.
  • Complete training each year  that helps you stay aware of child protection requirements.
  • Be fully aware of the Breaking the Silence requirements, in particular the Code of Conduct.
  • Know and acknowledge the limit of your own abilities and expertise and seek assistance in situations that are beyond your limits.