“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 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 have responsibility for children and young people. Congregations must comply with this policy by the end of 2019.
The warrant of fitness training day focuses on the PCANZ Child Protection Policy and encompasses essential training on youth and children’s code of ethics, health and safety practices, and recognising and reporting abuse. This training is compulsory for all those working with children and young people under the age of 18.
In supporting congregations to comply with the Child Protection Policy, PYM and Kids Friendly are working with Presbyteries to put on 1-day WOF training days in regions in the first half of 2019. PYM and Kids Friendly are also working to convert the Safety WOF training to a video-based training programme that can be run by a congregation with their own people. The training will be ready for congregations to use by 1 Aug 2019.
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” – PYM
There will be two PCANZ WOF training days on offer this year. You are able to register by clicking the link below!
Auckland WOF 2018
Whangarei WOF 2018