We acknowledge the tremendous responsibility churches have for the safety and well-being of children and young people attending their churches and programmes.
On the 11 Dec 2018 The Council Assembly published a Child Protection Policy(Dec 2020 update) for the Presbyterian Church, this is a stand-alone Supplementary Provision to the Book of Order. This Policy must be applied when people in the Church work with and or have responsibility for children and young people. Congregations must comply with this policy by the end of 2019.
The Child Protection Policy calls all of our churches to:
“…do all in our power to ensure that children and young people in our care will be nurtured and cared for in a safe environment and be protected from harm”
The PCANZ Safety Warrant Fitness Training provides practical tools and insights to assist all those working with children and young people. The training will equip parishes to comply with New Zealand law, the PCANZ’s Child Protection Policy and, most importantly, keep the children and young people in our care safe.
The WOF encompasses essential training on:
- An introduction to the PCANZ Child Protection Policy and Ethical Practice
- Health and Safety Practices
- Recognising, Recording and Responding to Abuse + Safe Recruitment Practices
This training is compulsory for all those working with children and young people under the age of 18 who do as part of the PCANZ.
Due to the sensitive nature of some of the content in the WOF training day the minimum age of a WOF participant is set at 16 years of age.