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The 2020 edition of Breaking the Silence comes with a new look, new website, new training and new resources.
Breaking the Silence 2020 Edition replaces all existing policies and processes in place in the church. This includes previous editions of Breaking the Silence and any policies and processes.
Breaking the Silence applies to anyone with a position of authority within the church, paid or unpaid, and to all those who work with children and young people. Breaking the Silence applies in the Presbyterian Church of Australia in the State of New South Wales including the Australian Capital Territory, in the State of Western Australia, in the State of Tasmania, Presbyterian Inland Mission and APWM.
Churches and organisations will be receiving the initial BTS 2020 pack in early October. For more information, contact Courtney.
The Presbyterian Church of Australia’s General Assembly has issued a formal apology to victims of sexual abuse in the Church. The 2019 General Assembly, which comprises delegates from across Australia and meets for business every three years, was hosted by Hurstville Presbyterian Church in Sydney’s South. With each meeting of the Assembly, a new Moderator is elected for a three-year term and this year, Rev Dr Peter Barnes, Minister at Revesby Presbyterian Church, was elected to that role. The assembly considered a number of important matters, one of which was approving a formal apology to victims of sexual abuse in the church. Read the apology here.
PCNSW/ACT General Manager, Jeof Falls, confirmed “the Presbyterian Church in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory was working through the process of opting-in to the National Redress Scheme.
“Institutions have two years to opt-in to the Scheme, and we are hoping that for us in New South Wales and the ACT this will be finalised over the next few months,’’ he said.
Mr Falls said survivors of historical sexual abuse could also approach the Church directly for redress and could be assured that they will be dealt with in a sensitive and compassionate way.
More information is available on the PCNSW web site.