Safe Ministry

Safe Church

The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle is building safe churches to ensure church is safe for all to attend. The Anglican Parish of Belmont is part of the Diocese of Newcastle.

Safe Ministry Training

All people working with children or youth in ministry, including ministers and assistant ministers, are required to complete Safe Ministry Training.

Safe Ministry Training is part of the Diocesan Safe Ministry Ordinance.  It requires that everyone involved in ministry to children and young people must undertake Safe Ministry training every three years.

Safe Ministry Training Workshops are interactive, awareness raising workshops covering: Christian foundations of safe ministry, duty of care, vulnerable people protection (abuse prevention), due diligence in relation to recruitment and supervision of all church leaders and the management of program risks. As well as how we are to discharge our duty of care, and about the dynamics of power in leadership relationships.

Safe Ministry checks include a Working with Children Check, a National Criminal History Check and Safe Ministry Training as accredited by the National Council of Churches under the Safe Church Training Agreement.

What is the Working With Children Check?

A Working With Children Check is a requirement for people who work or volunteer in child-related work. It involves a national criminal history check and a review of findings of workplace misconduct.

The result of a Working With Children Check is either a clearance to work with children for five years, or a bar against working with children.

Cleared applicants are subject to ongoing monitoring and relevant new records may lead to the clearance being revoked.

The Working With Children Check is fully portable so it can be used for any paid or unpaid child-related work in NSW for as long as the worker remains cleared.

What is a National Criminal History Check?

A National Police History Check, commonly referred to as a police check, involves processing an individuals’ biographic details (such as name and date of birth) in a central index of names which then uses a  name matching algorithm to determine if the name of that individual matches any others who have police history information. The name will then be vetted by police personnel to determine what information may be disclosed, subject to relevant spent conviction legislation and/or information release policies.

Newcastle Diocese Safe Ministry

National Council of Churches

NSW Working With Children

Police Checks