Safer Ministry

Safer Ministry is important to the Anglican Church of Australia.

Our aim is to ensure that ministry in the context of personal and pastoral relationships within the Church uphold certain standards of behaviour. 

These resources for the Anglican Church of Australia have been developed as part of the work of the Professional Standards Commission. For more information on the Commission, its mandate and membership, please click here.

Dioceses use these resources, and this website identifies when to use these resources.

They are tools for effective ministry. Some are most useful for bishops while others are for clergy and church workers. Some are very specific in their use and others have a broad application across the Church. 

These resources are used in conjunction with the documents for professional standards of each diocese. The processes for handling complaints and working with survivors and responders may vary between dioceses. The professional standards processes for your diocese are available from the diocesan office. Here is a helpful link to the Map of Australian dioceses

We can picture the aim, category, purpose and types of professional standards resources like this:

How Professional Standards resources work

 

Safer ministry is important to the Anglican Church.

There is a range of people involved in promoting safer ministry in the church.

Who is involved in Professional Standards work?

Prevention

These resources are used in promoting safer ministry.

Their aim is preventing abuse in churches and church bodies.
They do this by:

  • Identifying standards of behaviour
  • Training
  • Screening and selecting clergy and church workers

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Response

These resources are used when responding to alleged or confirmed incidents of abuse in churches and church bodies.

They include: 

  • Caring for those who have been abused
  • Handling complaints
  • Responding to persons of concern

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Research and Reports

Research commissioned by the Standing Committee of General Synod assessed cases of reported child sexual abuse in the Anglican Church of Australia in the period 1990-2008.

The research assisted the Commission to verify the efficacy of the Church’s child protection protocols when assessed against the nature and circumstance of reported child sexual abuse.

Recommendations for change to specific child protection protocols and practical adjustments to processes were made as a result of the findings of the Study.

Study of Reported Child Sexual Abuse in the Anglican Church May 2009 Full Report

Reports to General Synod

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Anglican Church of Australia has supported the work of the Royal Commission since its establishment in 2013. 

The Royal Commission Working Group was established in November 2013 by resolution of the General Synod Standing Committee.

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National Register

​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.

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