The Safe Church Network is a regular meeting of denominational professional standards representatives gathering under the auspices of the National Council of Churches in Australia for the purpose of:
- Facilitating cooperation among Australian churches on safe ministry issues.
- Providing safe ministry advice and responding to requests from the NCCA Executive.
- Providing regular professional development and networking opportunities.
- Acting as a reference group for NCCA's Safe Church Training Agreement.
On 14th and 15th March, Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu bringing mass destruction across the island nation. Some areas were battered by winds of over 300km per hour; many communities lost shelters, water tanks, schools, clinics and gardens. In a country where around 80% of the population relies on subsistence farming for survival, the impact of this category 5 cyclone has been devastating.
Sr Elizabeth Delaney, a Sister of the Good Samaritan (SGS) of the Order of St Benedict, was commissioned on 4 March 2015 as the 4th General Secretary of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), based in Sydney. Elizabeth brings ten years' experience with ecumenical and inter-faith dialogues through the offices of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and her five years of service as a member of the NCCA Executive Committee.
Sadie Moore is the Head of Community Fundraising, Act for Peace.
The 2015 FIA Awards for Excellence in Fundraising were announced in February. One of the major awards, Most Effective Creative Campaign, was won by Act for Peace - Act for Peace Ration Challenge – a project that was designed by Sadie. It also won the award for Special Events – under $5 million revenue.
Common Grace, an initiative launched on 5 December 2014, receives funding through the Glenburnie Programme. National Director, Jarrod McKenna, Operations Director, Jessica Smith, and Communications Director, Kylie Beach, work with two Campaign teams: Asylum Seeker Campaign Team, led by Justin Whelan, and Climate Change Campaign Team, led by Jody Lightfoot.
The NCCA is 19 Christian Churches, gathered from across this wide brown land, who have embarked on a pilgrimage together. We each bring a widely varied history of place, experience, and theology, but we share a common faith and confession in the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour. We also share a common future as we are convinced that the future of Christians in Australia lies together, not in separation.
Safe Church Training Agreement (SCTA) Members are Christian organisations who pay an annual membership fee and become SCTA Members.
SCTA Membership fees will also enable the employment of the SCTA Unit. In this way, SCTA Members are collaborating in the facilitation of easily accessible and endorsed safe place training courses.
All SCTA holistic Safe Church workshops will be presented by endorsed Training Partners of the SCTA.
Endorsed Training Partners
Endorsed Training Partners are SCTA Members who are willing to offer their training to the wider Christian community.
Those seeking to become Training Partners will submit their program to be reviewed against the National Standards with a view to having it, and their workshop presenters, endorsed.
Cost of Yearly Membership
100 or less active ministry sites $450
101 to 200 active ministry sites $1300
201+ active ministry sites $2500
National (eg Combined Dioceses) by negotiation.
- Active Ministry sites: where ministry to children and vulnerable adults occurs, ie parishes or local congregations
- The membership fee does not include the cost of sending volunteers to workshops
- Membership is payable each financial year
- If the cost of membership would cause your organisation financial hardship, please contact the SCTA Unit
Download the SCTA Information Pack
SCTA National Training Standards for Safe Church Programs & Presenters
The SCTA Standards set a high standard for holistic Safe Church programs and workshops throughout the Australian church. They also provide a mechanism for endorsement of Safe Church programs and the co-endorsement of workshop presenters.
Safe Church 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. The SCTA recommends all leaders and those involved in ministry to young people and vulnerable people attend an introduction (full day, 6hr) workshop in their first year of ministry and a 3 hour refresher course every three years.
SCTA Training Standards
1. Safe Culture Awareness
2. Understand Children and Abuse
3. Understand Vulnerable Adults and Abuse
4. Respond to Claims and Disclosures
5. Value and empower vulnerable adults and children to participate
6. Understand Power Dynamics and Boundaries
7. Safe Leaders
8. Safe Church Environments
9. Understand Legal and Insurance requirements
10. Training and Presenters
Download the SCTA Framework and Standards