A religious organisation
The term “religious organisation” is not defined in the Act. A religious organisation is seen as an organisation whose primary purpose is the promotion of a religious ethos or set of religious ideas.
Section 4 of the Act says that individuals, who carry out child-related work as a minister of religion or in any other capacity for the purposes of a religious organisation, are in child-related employment. “Minister of religion” is interpreted as a generic term for bishops, clerics, parsons, priests, rectors, or vicars and the like, of all denominations or religious beliefs, including rabbis, imams, and mullahs.
Examples include (but are not limited to):
- religious leaders including Ministers of religion, Rabbis, Priests, Acolytes and others where the usual duties of these leaders involves contact with children,
- volunteers who work with children at “Sunday School”, church youth activities, or children’s religious storytelling,
- chaplaincy services.
Exemptions which you may need to consider