Services we provide

The Conduct Protocol Unit is responsible for addressing matters of abuse and safe ministry within our churches. We are here to help – just get in touch.

The Conduct Protocol Unit is equipped to offer churches and ministry organisations with advice and guidance relating to  range of issues. This includes advice on safe ministry considerations, abuse situations and difficult situations that may arise due to misconduct or past trauma.

We can provide advice on risk management, safe recruitment processes, relevant disciplinary matters, camping arrangements, pastoral care boundaries and more.

The CPU can provide access to a counselling referral service if appropriate. This service works with a number of experienced Christian counsellors with professional expertise. Contact us on 02 9690 9325 to discuss this option. You can also find out more about the Counselling Service on the Jericho Road website.

Breaking the Silence: Foundations Training covers the essential areas of safe ministry that all those in a position of church leadership need to be competent in as part of our commitment to ensuring that our church communities, ministries and activities are safe places for all. Breaking the Silence: Foundations Training replaces Breaking the Silence Basic Training. The course must be completed every three years by anyone in a position of authority within the church and those interacting directly with children and young people in their position. Find out more on the Training page.

The CPU is always happy to assist churches in the implementation of the safe ministry measures outlined in Breaking the Silence. We can provide specific advice over the phone or email, and can provide you with helpful resources to ensure you are effectively putting safe practices in place.

For more information, contact Kerry, at kcole@pcnsw.org.au or on 0498 006 571.

The CPU serves the Presbyterian Church of Australia in NSW, ACT, WA and Tasmania in:

  • Responding to and meeting statutory requirements regarding:
      • child abuse,
      • risk of significant harm,
      • reportable conduct,
      • sexual misconduct, and
      • conduct which breaches the Breaking the Silence Code of Conduct.
  • Investigating allegations and complaints of abuse appropriately.  For example, reportable conduct scheme investigations.
  • Representing, where appropriate, to government, the Office of the Children’s Guardian, Commission for Children and Young People, and Community Services regarding review and amendment of relevant legislation in those States and Territories where Breaking the Silence has been formally adopted by the relevant State General Assembly.

Breaking the Silence deals specifically with the issue of abuse of children, young people and other vulnerable people, and the abuse of authority by those in a position of authority within the church. It does not deal with any other form of grievance or personal injury claim.

Breaking the Silence is provided on the terms and understanding that the writer and the church is not responsible for the results of any action taken on the basis of information in this publication, nor for any error in, or omission from, this publication. The author, the publisher, its employees or any other persons involved in the preparation of Breaking the Silence expressly disclaim all and any liability and responsibility to any person, in respect of anything, and of the consequences of anything, done or omitted to be done, by any such person in reliance, whether wholly or partially, upon the whole or any part of this publication. Where a specific issue / incident arises, expert professional advice should always be sought.

The information and advice is made available in good faith, reflects current knowledge, literature, legislation, regulations and standards and is derived from sources believed to be accurate at the time of publication. Breaking the Silence should be read in conjunction with relevant legislation and is not a substitute for it. The content will require updating in line with amendments or additions, which may supersede those cited, later in time, after the publication of this document.

CONFIDENTIALITY

You have the absolute right to confidentiality in your contacts with the CPU, except in the following circumstances, in which the CPU is mandated to break confidentiality and report to the relevant authorities:

  1. If you indicate that you intend to harm either yourself or another person
  2. If you disclose that a child or vulnerable adult is at risk of harm
  3. If the CPU or your notes are subpoenaed for evidence in court
  4. If you disclose that you have committed a serious crime that has not been reported.

Other than the scenarios above, the CPU may ask your permission to share information with other parties in addressing an issue or situation.

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