I don't think Steve Unthank has a case because jehovahs witnesses do not engage in specific child related work according to the Act. they don't have separate sunday schools. Wherever children take part in religious activities adults are not excluded - the activitities apply to adults and children. If this goes to court Jehovahs witness lawyers will be able to refute his claims very successfully imo.
Sorry, Curtains, you're wrong. The Sunday school defence is a distraction. As a former book study conductor I was often in a situation in congregations where I was out witnessing with a child who was not my own. Sometimes we would transfer from one part of the territory to another and a child would ride with me in my car on my own. Sometimes we would be working on our own in a block of flats, out of sight of the rest of the group. I don't think those situations are at all rare.
I can also think of many situations at hall cleaning groups, when turnout was pathetic, that an adult was there pretty well on their own with a child, or alternatively there were so few adults around that a paedophile adult JW could easily coax a child to a toilet or back room or whatever.
The issue here is not that all JW adults are prone to sex abuse. It would be a rarity. But the law is the law: for the sake of appearances ALL church ministers, Scout leaders, footy coaches, youth group workers etc take out WWC checks. It helps to ease the mind of parents, but it is also the law. A legal requirement.
Sizemik, I'm not saying SU has to prove child abuse, or a risk of it. He has to prove that they regularly engage in unsupervised contact with children. I send my kids to a music teacher and I assume that the teacher has a WWC check. If I did ask and she didn't, I would go to the police, explain that my children are in her company for an hour every week and she has no WWC check. That would be easy to prove. It may be more difficult, however, for someone who is no longer in a congregation to present that evidence to a magistrate about their former congregation. Hopefully SU has that covered. You wouldn't want to see an opportunity like this to be missed.