Royal Commission and Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Uniting Church in Australia supports the objectives of the Royal Commission on Child Sexual Abuse in Institutions and has pledged its utmost co-operation.
The National Assembly, with the co-operation of each Synod, has established a national framework for engagement with and response to the Royal Commission. An important part of the framework is enabling the various parts of the Uniting Church to act collaboratively and to speak with one voice.
In Western Australia, the Synod Task Group has been established and convened by Robert Watson as Chair with Rev David de Kock, Rev Dr Ian Tozer, Amanda Hunt, Dr Alec O’Connell, Rev Gary Van Heerden, John Talbert, Donald Nicholas, Rev Nalin Perera, Rev Daniel Viljoen and staff support from Maggie Johns, Maree Kemp and Cindy Gorton. External professional advice and opinions are sought as required.
Our prayer is that through the work of the Royal Commission, there will be healing, justice and reconciliation for all those who have suffered, and that the Royal Commission will identify how all children can be better protected from abuse in the future.
The Uniting Church in Australia respects a person’s right to privacy. The church abides by the Australian Privacy Principles expressed in the Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth) (Act) and the more recent Privacy Amendment (Enhancing Privacy Protection) Act 2012 which sets clear standards for the collections, access, storage and use of personal information obtained for whatever reason.
We will always ensure that all personal information, no matter how or where it is obtained, is handled sensitively, securely and in accordance with the Act.
Personal information held by the synod will not be released to any person outside the Uniting Church in Australia unless the Synod is required to do so by law. All reasonable precautions are taken to ensure personal information collected and used is accurate, complete and up to date. Also to ensure information held by the Synod is not subject to loss, misuse, unauthorised access or alteration.
Outlined below are the polices and guidelines that have been adopted by the Uniting Church in Western Australia
- How to Handle Disclosures WA – updated 29 Feb 2016
- Policy for Responding to Complaints of Past Abuse
Below are the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly policies, guidelines and resources
- The updated Member or Adherent Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Complaints Policy
- A National Code of Conduct for Lay Leaders was adopted by the Assembly in 2015. Click here for a copy.
- Recently developed National Child Safe Policy Framework