The Uniting Church affirms that all people are made in the image of God. The Uniting Church commits itself to the care, protection and safety of all people with whom it comes in contact.

As a community of faith, we are committed to providing a safe environment for both children and adults to encounter God, to develop relationships as part of a community and to grow in faith.

Congregations and their members who work with children and young people in the Uniting Church play important parts not only in the support, care, and spiritual nourishment of the next generations, but in actively looking out for their safety and protection.

To help congregations in understanding their obligations and resources to assist, the Synod runs Safe Church Awareness Workshops and provides online access to a collection of templates and policies for congregations to make use of.

For material and workshop information visit the Children's Ministry website or contact Emma Parr on

National Child Safe Policy Framework

The Assembly has also created a National Child Safe Policy Framework. It is an overarching whole-of-church policy framework that is the Uniting Churches commitment to the provision of safety for children.


Reports of child sexual abuse in the Uniting Church or a Uniting Church agency, should be reported to the police in the first instance.

If you would like to make a complaint please contact Rev. Bronwyn Murphy, Associate Secretary, Synod of NSW and the ACT by:

  • Email at
  • Phone on (02) 8267 4452
  • Mail addressed as “Confidential” to the Associate Secretary, Uniting Church Synod of New South Wales and ACT, PO Box A2178, Sydney South 1235.