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Safe Church Package Translations

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

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Reportable Conduct Scheme Commences

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).

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Changes to Civil Liability

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.

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Expanded Special Care Provisions

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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