The General Synod:
(a) commends the National Council of Churches in Australia for organising the Safe as Churches? IV national ecumenical consultation on sexual misconduct and abuse in the Australian churches, supports ongoing joint action by member churches and other participating Australian churches to promote the welfare and safety of all people within their communities and requests that the General Secretary conveys this resolution to the National Council of Churches in Australia.
(b) recommends that State and Territory Governments enact uniform laws that provide for:
(i) the reporting of child abuse to the police and the government child protection authorities; and
(ii) the screening of all persons seeking to work with children in a paid or voluntary capacity; and
requests that the General Secretary conveys this resolution to the Premier or Chief Minister Community Services Ministers’ Advisory Council of each State and Territory, and to the Community Services Ministers’ Advisory Council.
Mrs Helen Carrig moved, Mr Glenn Murray seconding, 18 Sept 10