Safe Ministry Policy

The Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney is committed to the physical, emotional and spiritual welfare and safety of all people, particularly within its own community. To ensure the safety of children and vulnerable people in our communities, the Anglican Church Diocese of Sydney , in conjunction with the Anglican Church of Australia, will –

• Carefully recruit and train its clergy and church workers,

• Adopt and encourage safe ministry practices by its clergy and church workers,

• Respond promptly to each concern raised about the behaviour of its clergy and church workers,

• Offer pastoral support to any person who has suffered abuse, and

• Provide supervision of and pastoral accountability (within the context of the ministries, locations and activities of the parish) to any person (who is a member of a congregation and) who is known to have abused a child or another vulnerable person.

St Mark’s Anglican Church Malabar seeks to proactively implement safe ministry policies and practices into everything we do. The guiding principles for this are found in Faithfulness in Service.

 

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More information about Safe Ministry in Sydney Anglican Churches is available at http://safeministry.org.au/

Safe Ministry Training

We run regular Safe Ministry training for our staff and volunteers. This is essential training for all involved in Ministry to Children and Youth, and leaders must keep up-to-date. If you have any queries, please contact Alison Roberts or Cas Smalley (our Parish Safe Ministry Representative).

All leaders in children’s ministry at St Mark’s need to complete the new Working with Children Check (WWCC), prior to commencing as leaders.

Steps for applying for a WWCC

  • The applicant should fill out an online application at: http://www.kidsguardian.nsw.gov.au/Working-with-children/Working-With-Children-Check/apply/-apply
  • The applicant will need to nominate whether they are a paid employee or a volunteer. Under child-related sector the applicant should select “religious services”.
  • Once the online application has been completed a WWCC Application Number will be issued to the applicant.
  • The applicant must then take their WWCC Application Number and proof of their identity to a Services NSW Office (formerly RTA).
  • If the applicant is in paid child-related employment, an application fee of $80 will be payable. There is no fee for volunteers.
  • Once the application has been processed, the applicant will be advised of the outcome by email. Most applications will be processed within 48 hours.
  • The applicant should immediately provide your parish (email details to Cas Smalley- please include your date-of-birth and full name) with the WWCC Application Number in order for the check to be verified.
  • After the check has been processed, the applicant will receive a clearance or a bar. Workers must receive a clearance within the time frames stated in order to undertake child-related work.