Safe Church Communities
We want our church communities to be safe places where all people can encounter the love of God in Christ. Every church must reflect the values of respect and honour that are taught to us in the Bible. All ministry - especially with children - requires absolute trustworthiness. We are committed to ministering safely through the ongoing evaluation of our people, our places and our programs.
Bishop Richard Condie
The Anglican church is committed to doing everything we can to ensure that churches and organisations are safe places for all who participate in our activities – including children, people with disabilities, the aged, and you. We want our workers to be able to serve others faithfully and help create safe communities.
This is why everyone who participates in any type of ministry must meet specific standards of personal and public conduct, and complete relevant training.
Once both the screening and training is completed, you will receive endorsement. Receiving endorsement means that appropriate screening and training has been completed and you are ready to participate in ministry. This is a requirement of service in the church and there are no exceptions. You can find information about the levels of endorsement for different roles in the Safe Church Communities Ordinance.
Everyone who intends to participate in any kind of ministry in the Anglican Church in Tasmania must be endorsed. This includes:
- Ordained and Lay Ministry Staff
- Visiting Speakers
- Short Term Locums
Screening for Endorsement
The Anglican Church is committed to doing all we can to protect vulnerable people, and we complete a screening check to ensure that all people who desire to participate in ministry are safe. This can include the Safe Ministry Check Questionnaire (SMCQ) and ministry checks, as appropriate.
It is required by law that all people who work and/or volunteer in our churches and ministries posess a current Working with Vulnerable People card.
Training for Endorsement
Faithfulness in Service is our code of conduct that sets out the expected behaviour of clergy and workers in the church. Read more about Faithfulness in Service here. All employees and volunteers are required to commit to our Code of Conduct before engaging in any ministry.
Some roles will require further training, depending on the involvement required. This training is provided both face-to-face and online. More information is available here.
The Professional Standards Unit Team
Your questions are important to us. You can contact the Professional Standards Unit on (03) 6220 2020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. One of the team will happily chat with you.
If you or someone you know needs help, you can call:
- Lifeline: 13 11 14
- Kids Help Line: 1800 55 1800
- Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
- Family Violence Counselling and Support Service: 1800 608 122
If it is an emergency, please call 000.