January 26, 2005

Church moves to block child abuse

Irish Independent

A COMPREHENSIVE new child protection policy that covers even the use of computers and photos in church settings has been launched by the Presbyterian Church.

Called 'Taking Care', it is going into force nationwide and will require the vetting of everyone in the Church who works with children.

The policy is an update on child protection guidelines first introduced in 1996.

Launching the document, Lindsay Conway, Presbyterian director of social services, said: "No denomination is immune from the problem of trusted adults misusing their position. This requires a response which is both aimed at prevention and care for those who have been mistreated."

He said it would protect children from abuse, but that it would also protect leaders, teachers and helpers "in the event of false accusation".

Posted by kshaw at January 26, 2005 05:39 AM