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We are seeking an Auditing and Compliance Manager to support and assess the compliance of Presbyterian churches and ministry organisations with the Breaking the Silence safe ministry policy. Find out more here.
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.
Top-up training in Breaking the Silence is required on an annual basis for all those that are working directly children and young people. You can now use the Top-Up Training Package which includes all the required information that needs to be revised. It should be worked through together as a ministry group so that any concerns are discussed. Click here to download the package.
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.