Children, Church and the Law

Do you know…

• That the Children’s Act applies to churches too?
• What the law says about bullying?
• Who at your church needs to be checked against the Child Protection Register, how to do this, and who is responsible?
• What to do if a child is injured or dies while in the care of the church?
• What to do if you suspect a child of being abused or neglected?
• What rights must be protected when displaying photographs of children?
• That your church has the potential to significantly impact the protection and well-being of the children in your community and in the nation?

The Warehouse has just launched the book Children, Church and the Law – a Practical Guide for Churches on the Children’s Act and Other Laws related to Children. Written by Erica Greathead, a member of Christ Church Kenilworth and former Warehouse staff member, the book describes the principles and provisions of the Children’s Act and its relevance to churches in their work with children.

The Church has always been involved in caring for, protecting and advocating for children. It’s what the Bible teaches, and what we have been doing throughout the ages. The church cares for children on its premises through Sunday School and other activities, as well as outside at camps, in the community and in child-and-youth-care centres. Yet many of us have little understanding of what the legal requirements are for caring for children, in this way compromising both the protection of children and of the church itself. The aim of this book, therefore, is to equip leaders in the church and all who work with children to better understand and adhere to the Children’s Act and related laws.

It’s a very practical book, written in simple English in a question-and-answer format. It includes a glossary of terms used, real life examples of application of the different principles, and snippets that illustrate what is being described. Colour coding is used so that the different sections are easily identifiable. The book describes the background to the Children’s Act and its aim and purpose; it outlines principles such as the best interest of the child, child-participation and cultural practices. It looks at who is suitable to work with children, what are the rights and responsibilitites of parents and of children, different types of care and support for children, issues such as child labour and trafficking, and much much more.

It is hoped that this book will enable churches to deal much more confidently with all issues surrounding children and their care, and that it will prove invaluable to churches and to all who work with children.

Where to get a copy
The book is available at The Warehouse at 12 Plantation Road Wetton at R300, or you can order a copy by writing to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you’d like us to do a presentation at your church or for your archdeaconry, call us on 021 7611168 or send us an e-mail.

 

 

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