That this General Synod recognises:
a. The unprecedented level of support in this session for consistent national standards and approaches with respect to child protection, episcopal standards and redress for abuse survivors measures;
b. that this reflects the huge investment of time, energy and expertise by key leaders over many years especially in the extensive consultation and collaboration that took place preceding this session; and
that this General Synod, therefore, records and expresses its sincere thanks and deep appreciation to:
– Mr Garth Blake SC and the members of the Professional Standards Commission;
– The Honourable Justice Debra Mullins and the members of the Church Law Commission and Episcopal Standards Task Force; and
– Mr Michael Shand QC;
for their unstinting and tireless efforts to prepare legislation and garner support to ensure the protection of children and the accountability of clergy and church workers in this Church.
The motion was carried with acclamation and a standing ovation.
8 September 2017