Preventing Abuse

Promoting Standards of Behaviour

Documents:

Faithfulness in Service

Bishops, clergy, church workers and parishioners use this document to identify the standard of behaviour for bishops, clergy and church workers.

Faithfulness in Service (Consolidated) – November 2016

Faithfulness in Service DVD via YouTube

Faithfulness in Service Discussion Guide

Faithfulness in Service Feedback Sheet

Being Together document plus Study Guide

 

Support of clergy and churchworkers

Clergy and church workers use this document to better understand self-care.

Bishops, supervisors and church wardens use this document to help clergy and church workers understand the importance of self-care and act on it.

Refer to Section 10, Ministry Support for Clergy, in the following report - Making our Church safe:  A programme for action - General Synod 2004.

 

Developing of a policy for the use of technology in pastoral communications

Dioceses use this document to develop a policy which ensures communication in the church is safe for everyone.

Developing a policy for the use of technology in pastoral communications - Approved by Standing Committee, November 2013 (SC2013/2/30)

 

Training

Documents:

Safe Ministry Training Benchmarks

Dioceses use this document to assess their Safe Ministry Training program and delivery against National Benchmarks. The benchmarks set a high and consistent standard in Safe Ministry training across the Church and facilitate mutual recognition of training between dioceses.

Safe Ministry Training Benchmarks

 

Faithfulness in Service Discussion Guide

Leaders of training sessions in dioceses or parishes use this document to explore how Faithfulness in Service is applied by clergy and church workers.

FIS Discussion May 2006 

 

Curriculum for training of Professional Standards Board members

Dioceses use this document when establishing a training program for members of Professional Standards Boards.

Curriculum for Training of Members of Professional Standards Committees and Boards

 

Screening and Selecting Clergy and Church Workers

Documents:

Model System for Selection and Accreditation of Church Workers in Parishes

Clergy and parishes (selectors) use this document when selecting and accrediting parish church workers including volunteers. It gives steps to follow before and after appointing a church worker. While it is designed for use in parishes it can be used by other church bodies.

Lay Parish Workers

 

Sample List of Church Worker Ministry Positions

Clergy and parishes use this document to create a list of positions that a church worker, including a volunteer, may hold. It is not an exhaustive list. Creating a list of ministry positions in your parish is the first step in the appointment process. See Model System for Selection and Accreditation of Church Workers in Parishes.

Sample List of Ministry Positions - Oct 2006

 

Sample Ministry Position Template - Church Worker Positions

Selectors use this document to set a framework for all church worker positions. It helps assess the type of ministry, responsibilities and reporting requirements of the role and if it is high risk or low risk in terms of potential harm (see step 3 in “Steps Prior to Appointment” in Model System for Selection and Accreditation of Church Workers in Parishes).

Sample Ministry Position Template Oct 2006

 

Safe Ministry Check – Volunteer Church Workers

Selectors use this document to conduct a Safe Ministry Check on a voluntary church worker who has applied to engage in a high risk ministry.

It is completed by the applicant.

Completed Safe Ministry Checks are to be retained in a secure location for an indefinite period.

Safe Ministry Check - Volunteer 2017

 

Referee Check - Sample Questions – Volunteers

Selectors use this document to conduct a Referee Check on a lay person who has applied for a high risk voluntary ministry position. It gives sample questions to ask a referee.

Sample Questions Referee Checks-October 2006

 

Church Worker Positions - Selection Checklist

Selectors use this document to record and track the selection process used to appoint a lay person to a high risk ministry position. It is completed for successful and unsuccessful candidates for the position. Completed Selection Checklists are to be retained in a secure location for an indefinite period. It is not required if the position has been assessed as low risk.

Selection Checklist Instructions

 

Safe Ministry Check – Ordination Candidates, Clergy and paid Church Worker positions - Applicant

Selectors and Bishops use this document when selecting people to carry out ordained or paid lay ministry.

It is completed by the applicant.

Completed Safe Ministry Checks are to be retained in a secure location for an indefinite period. Ordination candidates and clergy complete it every 3 years or each time they apply for a position. Paid church workers complete it every time they apply for a high risk position, unless they’re currently accredited for high risk ministry.

Safe Ministry Check - Applicant 2017

 

Safe Ministry Check – Ordination Candidates, Clergy and paid Church Worker positions – Referee's Screening Questionnaire

Selectors and Bishops use this document when selecting people to carry out ordained or paid lay ministry.

It is completed by the applicant's referee.

Completed Referee Screening Questionnaires are to be retained in a secure location for an indefinite period.

Safe Ministry Check - Referee 2017

 

Guidelines for Dioceses Undertaking Risk Assessments relating to Sexual Abuse

Assessment teams use this document to undertake a risk assessment to determine whether a person applying for a ministry position might pose an unacceptable risk to the safety of children and other vulnerable people.

Guidelines - Risk Assessment 2013

 

National Register Protocol 2 – Access & Disclosure of Information

Protocol for access and disclosure of information on the National Register.

Bishops follow the protocol when ordaining, licencing or appointing.

Directors of Professional Standards follow the protocol when investigating allegations of sexual misconduct or child abuse, and when specific appointments or elections are held within the diocese.

The General Secretary follows the protocol when being requested to access or disclose information on the National Register. 

Protocol for Access to and Disclosure of Information

 

Protocol for Comprehensive Psychological Assessment

Protocol for comprehensive psychological assessment for candidates for ordination.

Bishops and those responsible for the selection process follow the protocol when assessing whether candidates are suitable for ordination.

Documents for implementing the protocol are available for Bishops and those responsible for the selection process through the General Synod Office. (documents available – sample letters to candidates and psychologist).

A Process for Comprehensive Psychological Assessment- 17 dec 2012