Children’s Guardian Act
On Wednesday 12 May 2021, the NSW Government introduced legislation to amend the Children’s Guardian Act to require certain organisations to implement the Child Safe Standards. The Bill can be found [here].
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On Tuesday evening, 11 May 2021, over 250 people joined us for our first Safe Church Team Network evening. Over 100 churches from across NSW and ACT were represented, with many joining via Zoom.
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The Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT are pleased to release the Safe Church Package model documents in Korean, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. We are very grateful for the work of volunteers across various churches who demonstrated the principle that we are ‘Stronger Together’ by producing these translated documents as a team effort to support other churches across our movement.
The translated documents can be found at www.creatingsafespaces.org.au/resources
Creating Safe Spaces material is constantly updated to reflect relevant legal changes. In addition, every three years we undertake a comprehensive redevelopment of the content and presentation. The most recent review was launched in March 2021.
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The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse recommended 10 child safe standards, drawing on its findings, research and consultation about what makes organisations child safe. The standards come with core components to help organisations implement each standard.
Continue reading Child Safe Standards Coming Soon
The Children’s Guardian Act 2019 passed the NSW parliament on November 2019 and comes into force on 1 March 2020. This act covers a number of areas, primarily related to the Office of the Children’s Guardian.
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The Children’s Guardian Act 2019 passed the NSW parliament on November 2019 and comes into force on 1 March 2020. A key part of the Act involves changes to the Reportable Conduct Scheme. The Reportable Conduct Scheme, in NSW, was previously managed by the Ombudsman’s office and only included a small number of churches (those who were classified as including residential care due to running certain types of camps).
Continue reading Reportable Conduct Scheme Commences
The Baptist Churches of NSW and ACT are pleased to launch the Safe Church Health Check as a resource to assist churches in implementing the many changing legal responsibilities.
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Changes to the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW) – Division 4 of Part 1 B – mean that proceedings for child abuse can now be brought against an unincorporated association. This provision is retrospective, it applies to proceedings brought in relation to abuse that occurred prior to the commencement of the division.
Special Care Provisions operate to adjust the age of consent where there is a power imbalance or relationship of responsibility between two people. This means, for example, that where one person is a youth leader the other person is not able to consent to any sexual activity until they are over 18 (instead of the usual age of consent, which is 16). These provisions have existed since at least 1900 but have now been expanded to include sexual touching as well as sexual intercourse.
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