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The President of the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly Dr Deidre Palmer has welcomed principles developed by five national governments to help organisations combat the sexual abuse of children online.
The Voluntary Principles to Counter Online Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse for online platforms and services seek to stop the viewing and sharing of child sexual abuse materials, the grooming of children online and the livestreaming of child sexual abuse.
The principles were developed by the “Five Country” Ministers (Ministers for Home Affairs, Interior, Security and Immigration) from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom and the United States in collaboration with digital industry representatives.
Uniting Church President Dr Deidre Palmer has reminded Church members of our commitment to be a safe place for all, on the anniversary of the national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
“The Uniting Church has expressed its deep regret for the harm that was perpetrated on children who were abused in the care of our Church,” said Dr Palmer.
“We recognise the terrible breach of trust and the damage done to individuals, communities and relationships. This is part of our story that we will continue to acknowledge so that we never forget, and never become complacent, about the care and safety of all vulnerable people in our Church and wider community.
The Organisation and the Unit:
The Uniting Church in Australia is the third largest Christian denomination in Australia. The Uniting Church’s theology, and its values commitment made in response to the Royal Commission, establishes a clear commitment to providing the Church as a safe place for all people. The Uniting Church is committed to learning from its past, and working collaboratively to create the safest possible organisational context to serve the Australian Community.
The National Safe Church Unit, in which this role will sit, is a unit of the Uniting Church in Australia, tasked to provide and resource the change required to deliver the above commitment.