The National Register Canon was first adopted by General Synod in 2004. As development proceeded with a National Register, implementation of the Canon proved challenging and an extensive revision was proposed and agreed by the General Synod in 2007. Further amendments as agreed by General Synods in 2010 and 2014 have been adopted with the Canon continuing to be cited as the National Register Canon 2007.
The National Register is an essential part of the Church’s response to the prevention of child abuse and adult sexual misconduct. The Canon provides for a national, transparent and accountable process to ensure appropriate checks are made before all ordinations, licences or appointments are made.
The National Register contains only information primarily pertaining to complaints or findings of child abuse and adult sexual misconduct as well as adverse findings against or adverse admissions made by clergy or lay people within the Church. Details about the operation of the National Register may be found in Canon 15, National Register Canon 2007. Operational instructions for handling of information on the National Register (input, inquiries, access and disclosure) are provided for in a series of protocols which may be found below.
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National Register Canon 2007 updated GS17
Protocol 1 – Provision of Information for inclusion in the National Register updated GS17
Protocol 2 – Access to and Disclosure of Information updated GS17