PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF VICTORIA TO JOIN THE NATIONAL REDRESS SCHEME
The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria in May 2019 has approved the Church joining the National Redress Scheme (NRS), as part of ensuring that victims have clear options in coming forward and seeking redress. The process of on-boarding the Church to the NRS has since commenced. The PCV will release a public statement concerning this, once the on-boarding process is complete.
Like other Christian denominations and organisations, the PCV has been deeply distressed and saddened by the suffering of victims of child sexual abuse both in the wider Christian community and in our own church in the past. The PCV has joined the National Redress Scheme as part of ensuring that victims have clear options in coming forward and seeking redress.
Children must be safe in churches and clear, dedicated steps must be taken by churches to ensure their safety. The PCV is committed to the protection of children in the church and we intentionally seek to do all we can to keep children safe from abuse in our church today. Our Safe Church PCV programme is our expression and implementation of our commitment to fulfil our moral and legal duties to protect children from abuse in our church. Information about this programme can be found at safechurchpcv.org.au.