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Developing a Code of Conduct

Anglican Church

Anglican clergy and church workers have always had guides to their conduct—in the Bible, the Prayer Book and the canons (laws) of the church.

Sadly, the church has not always been clear about appropriate standards in the area of personal conduct and has at times failed to recognise and deal adequately with unwise, unethical or unlawful behaviour.

The Child Protection Committee of the church's Synod was charged with developing a Code of Conduct with a specific focus on conduct involving children. Later it sought and received the church's approval to expand the scope of the code to deal with broader matters of personal behaviour, sexual conduct and financial integrity.

Rob McGregor was invited to assist the Committee in editing the draft code. 'There was an opportunity to apply some simple plain English principles to make the code easier to read. For example, changing constructions like 'clergy must consider...' to 'you must consider...' made the text speak more directly and personally to the reader.'

The Code was adopted by the Synod in October, 2004.

 

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Developing a Code of Conduct