As a community centered around love of God and neighbour, we want to create a space where everyone is safe and welcome at St Peter's. Our parish safety officers are Toni (04 382 8486) and Michael Toy, who work with our vicars and our vestry wardens to ensure that our safeguarding policy is being followed. Feel free to grab either one of us after a Sunday service, call, email, or arrange a time to meet during the week.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED
that someone you know is at risk of, or is being abused, or presents a risk to others, please seek advice from our office or a member of clergy.
IF THERE IS IMMEDIATE RISK OF DANGER PLEASE CONTACT THE POLICE ON 111.
Diocesan Video: Sacred Spaces, Safe People: Introduction
If you need to make a complaint about an office bearer in the Anglican Church (for example, a priest, deacon, bishop, licensed lay minister, trustee, etc.) or any person you may have encountered at St Peter's on Willis, we encourage you to put it in writing and send it directly to our Diocesan Ministry Standards Team. No complaint is too small.
The Diocesan Ministry Standards Team is led by Archdeacon Julie Rokotakala, and Mr Roger Wigglesworth. You can contact either at email@example.com. Julie can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 021 118 3657. Roger can be contacted at email@example.com on 021 541 618.If you are currently experiencing abuse, or have experienced abuse in the past, contact the Team at any time. They will listen to you and will be able to advise and assist. If you suspect abuse, or someone tells you about abuse, you can also contact the Team. Even if you are worried about someone and do not feel able to name them, you can still ring the Team for advice without disclosing personal details.
We also encourage you to report all potentially criminal behaviour to the police, not just to the diocesan team.
In January 2021, the Anglican Church in Aotearoa New Zealand and Polynesia introduced a new set of canons (rules) that describe the standards expected of office bearers in the church along with the complaints process that makes such office bearers accountable. You can read these rules in full here: Title D Canons (scroll down once you get there).
The third Canon (Canon III of the Maintenance of Ministry Standards) describes the way that complaints are received, assessed, determined and made public. All complaints are sent to the Registrar who will determine what happens next. No complaints are to be vetted by any diocesan office bearer. That means that any representative of the church who receives a complaint, is obliged to forward that complaint directly to the Registrar.
Reach out for some help. Our pastoral team at St Peter's on Willis is here for you through this process. If you prefer someone outside St Peter's, talk with someone you trust, see a doctor or counsellor, or call 1737 to speak to a trained counsellor, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
From Bishop Justin Duckworth:
“As you may be aware the Royal Commission on Abuse in Care has commenced its work.
I wanted to communicate with you about this important work firstly to ensure we are doing all we can to enable people to connect with the Commission if they have a story they want share about their experiences. Secondly I wanted to be clear about our welcome and support of the work of the Commission.
This Royal Commission is looking into what happened to children, young people and vulnerable adults in care between 1950 and 1999.
The focus of the Commission is on “Abuse in Care” with reference to (1) state-run institutions, (2) faith-based institutions. The extent of (2) includes our care of children, young people and vulnerable adults in our churches, schools, orphanages, elder care homes, and other ministries governed and managed by Anglican entities.
The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, including the Diocese of Wellington, welcomes the scrutiny and independence that this enquiry will bring. As a church we actively sought to be included within the scope of the Commission’s enquiry. We are fully committed to engagement with the Commission and its work, and will do all in our power to assist the Commission fulfilling its purposes.
Ultimately, we hope to contribute to a process of accountability, closure, and healing that embraces the core Gospel message that “the truth shall set you free.”
Accordingly, the Diocese of Wellington encourages submissions to be made to the Commission by survivors of abuse.
These are contact details for communicating with the Commission:
Phone: 0800 222 727 (10am – 4pm NZT, Mon-Fri)
(Australia – 1800 875 745)
Mail: Royal Commission of Inquiry
PO Box 10071
Bishop Justin Duckworth,
Anglican Diocese of Wellington.
In accordance with our Diocesan Safeguarding Policy our church is committed to:
The Vestry will:
Each person who works within this community will agree to abide by this policy and the guidelines established by this parish.Return to Connect Page