The LCA’s new Child Safety Standards for Congregations have been approved by the General Church Board (GCB). These standards were developed to implement the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations across all LCA congregations in Australia.
An estimated 300 congregational leaders and pastors joined the LCANZ Safe Church webinar on Saturday. Child Protection Project Officer Mary-Ann Carver spoke about the draft LCA Child Safety Standards for Congregations.
In the first year after being accepted into the Australian National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced child sexual abuse in institutional settings, 22 applications have been made to the scheme for redress by the Lutheran Church of Australia (LCA).
Liz Crawford, the inaugural director of the LCA’s Professional Standards Unit (PSU), died last Thursday night, 16 July, after a long battle with cancer. A lawyer, Mrs Crawford served in that role and then as manager of the renamed Professional Standards Department (PSD) from 2011 until her retirement in July 2016. Prior to taking up… Read more
With National Child Protection Week held in Australia early this month, Professional Standards Department Manager Tim Ross said it was timely that the LCA/NZ’s General Church Council had recently reviewed the church’s Child Protection Policy.
After successful pilots in the Northern Territory, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia, the LCA’s Professional Standards Department launched its new training program last month. The format of the program includes a workshop model of blended face-to-face and online delivery. A key feature of this program has been the creation of a short video… Read more