Health and safety

Parishes typically see a large number of people move through their facilities in any given week.  Although some of these people will be there for non-church activities (i.e. the local parents group) they still have a right to be protected under health and safety legislation. Likewise, the Presbyterian Church has its own processes for screening of people for pastoral appointments and working with children.  Below are a series of links to resources for parishes to ensure they are meeting their responsibilities:

Health and safety training

For information contact Personnel Advisor, Margaret Fawcett, ph (04) 801-6000, direct dial (04) 381-8291, email

Policy on Earthquake prone Church buildings

Download here the Presbyterian Church Property Trustees Policy on Earthquake prone Church buildings.

Risk management, ethics and leadership workshops and workbook

It is a requirement that every minister, to retain their status of good standing, must attend one of these workshops once every three years. These workshops are provided on an “as needed” basis for usually a minimum of ten people. If you are due to attend a workshop, please contact your presbytery clerk. Leaders in all aspects of your congregation’s life and ministry are also welcome to attend.

Download the Risk management, ethics and leadership workshop workbook.


Supervision guidelines

Download the supervision guidelines for further information.

Safety and protection

Download the safety and protection document for further information.

Download the Safety in Children's Ministry document for further information.

Download the Safety in Children’s Ministry Sample Policies document for further information.

Preparing for a pandemic or similar emergency

Visit the preparing for a pandemic webpage for further information.

For further information please contact Margaret Fawcett

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