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The Code of Conduct is written to protect both the children in our churches, and leaders from situations where their integrity or actions might be questioned.
A children’s or youth ministry leader must:
There are good reasons for this code of conduct. Those who seek to abuse children may use group-based activities in order to gain the trust of a young person. Having gained that trust, they may then engage in one-to-one activities that offer an opportunity for abuse to occur, including sexual abuse.
Sexual abuse of a child often starts with something relatively minor, but can then gradually build up to more involved behaviors through a process of grooming. Grooming is often characterized by secrecy.
Those at greatest risk of child abuse in ministry are undoubtedly teenagers. This is because youth ministry more easily allows for the possibility of one-to-one unsupervised contact. This is why there must always be more than one leader present, and that no opportunities present themselves for a leader to engage in one-to-one activity with a child away from the presence of other adults.
A breach of this Code of Conduct may raise issues concerning a person’s fitness to continue as a leader.
Leaders are to inform the senior minister or the Safe Ministry Representative if they observe another leader acting in a way that may be contrary to this Code of Conduct.
Professional Standards Unit - Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney
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Anglican Diocese of Sydney