CHILD PROTECTION POLICY
STRANDZ has produced a child protection policy that the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki has adopted in full.
Royal Commission: Abuse in Care
The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care is looking into what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in State and faith-based care between 1950 and 1999.
- It is a response to the many people and organisations who have called for such an inquiry over many years.
- It is guided by Terms of Reference that were finalised after engagement with more than 400 groups/individuals concerned with what the Commission should focus on.
- The inquiry will concentrate its investigation on:
- Why people were taken into care;
- What abuse happened and why;
- The effects of the abuse.
- Māori, Pasefika and disabled people will receive particular attention because of their disproportionate representation in State and faith-based care.
- Commissioners are responsible for:
- Listening to survivors share their experience in private sessions;
- Holding public hearings;
- Conducting research and engaging with communities;
- Making recommendations to the Government in 2023 on how New Zealand can better care for children, young people, and vulnerable adults.
The Anglican Church is not only supporting this Commission but, along with survivor groups and others, it successfully advocated for an extension of the Terms of Reference to include faith-based care. In 2018 our Primates wrote directly to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern arguing for the extension so that “victims, survivors and the public at large would have greater confidence in the processes and outcomes of the Royal Commission’s Inquiry”.
The Anglican Church is working directly with the Royal Commission and actively encouraging all its partners to fully cooperate with the designated process. Late last year Archbishop Philip was interviewed by Newshub (from 5 minutes in) where he reflected on a “dark chapter in New Zealand’s history” and confirmed the churches would welcome the scrutiny and independence the Commissioners would bring. He added that it was “inconceivable” to think that there has not been some abuse in faith-based institutions and reiterated that the stories of the survivors were absolutely critical. Ultimately, we hope to contribute to a process of accountability, closure, and healing that embraces the core Gospel message that “the truth shall set you free.”
If you are a survivor of abuse in State or faith-based care we urge you to share your story. The Royal Commission of Inquiry is available on 0800 222 727 weekdays 10am to 4pm. For more information about the Royal Commission see the national website Abuse in Care.
The safety of all people - but particularly the vulnerable - is enormously important to the Diocese of Waikato & Taranaki. For this reason we are active members of the SafeHere organisation. This membership gives us access to a robust safety management system that helps us manage appointments, training, and events. SafeHere is endorsed for use throughout our Anglican Province of Aotearoa, New Zealand.
SafeHere equips us with policies, forms, and training that safeguard our leaders and those in their care. To better understand what SafeHere has to offer please visit their website.
The following templates are available on request.
- Daily Attendance Record
- 18+Medical & Personal Information
- Template Child Registration
- Drivers Declaration
- U18 Medical & Personal Information
- Defusing the critical incident training
- First-Aider-In-Charge Job Description
- Family Medical & Personal Information
- Activity Information
- Team Member Sample Role Statement
- Defusing the Critical Incident - Manual
- Activity Checklist
- Sample Referee Questionnaire
- Safe Food Handling
- General Safety and Care Checklist
- Travel Plan
- Sample Participant Information
- Application for Permission to Proceed
- Driver and Vehicle registration summary
- Sample Team Member Information
- Safety Information
- Incident Report
- Template Program Registration Process
- Swimming Checklist
SUPERVISION & SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
Supervision and Spiritual are different and complementary - so one is never a substitute for the other. The Anglican Church takes both disciplines very seriously advocating them as essential to developing and maintaining safe and professional practice. It is critical that people working in ministry intentionally work on self-reflection, wrestle with theological challenges, and seek perspective on their practice and experience of ministry. All of this contributes to making our communities safer and encourages accountability.
BOUNDARIES & BEHAVIOUR
Scripture proclaims: "You shall be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy" (Lev 19.2). In all that we do as Christians we aspire to the example that Jesus Christ has set for us. At times this can be extremely challenging. To help licence holders navigate the demands of pastoral ministry the Diocese advocates familiarity with Title D and provides training. The next training will be held in 2016. Two course will be made available: one introductory and one advanced.
STANDING AGAINST VIOLENCE AND ABUSE
The Anglican Church is called to be a strong and consistent advocate for preventing violence against all people but particularly women and children. It is crucial that we are sensitive to the needs of all vulnerable people; promote healthy relationships; and provide a safe and supportive environment for those affected by abuse.
In the Diocese of Waikato and Taranaki both the Bishop's Action Foundation and Anglican Action are working hard to educate our communities and promote strategies to respond to and overcome violence and abuse. In addition we encourage you to consider the work of such organisations as White Ribbon Campaign.