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Safe as Churches? Conferences

An initiative of the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), Safe as Churches? is a conference that Networks and provides excellent inservice opportunities for those working in the field of Professional Standards in the Christian Church.

There have been four conferences since 2004.

It is becoming clearer to Australian Churches that we are faced with a growing challenge: providing safe church environments in which to carry out ministry programs. This challenge is reflected not only in claims and cases of sexual misconduct in our faith communities, but also in the lack of knowledge at a congregational level; as to how we are to discharge our duty of care, and about the dynamics of power in leadership relationships. In response to this challenge many Christian denominations have established strategies aimed at accountability and transparency in relationships and programs. Significant resources have been put into the establishment of professional standards groups / boards to handle complaints of abuse, and implementation of programs to train employees and volunteer leaders in best practice for creating safer churches. Another pro-active response, initiated by the National Council of Churches in Australia (NCCA), has been to hold inter-denominational consultations (conferences) under the banner of ‘Safe as Churches?’ .

The conferences have been engaging the highly sensitive issues sexual abuse and misconduct that in the past have often been concealed or ignored. Something important has happened when we are ready to share our stories on this most painful of subjects, and to ask for help from the family of Churches.

Openness between Churches is an important step in allowing God to heal us and our communities and make us whole.

The next Safe as Churches? conference will be held on
Thursday 26 & Friday 27 September 2013
at St Andrews Cathedral School, Town Hall Square, Sydney NSW, Australia.


The format will be a series of keynote addresses, panel discussions and smaller workshop style presentations.

Our international guest speaker is the Rev Dr Marie Fortune. Dr Fortune is a pastor, educator, theologian, ethicist, author of numerous books and founder of the Centre for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence, now known as Faith Trust Institute, in 1977.

Registrations for the NCCA Safe As Churches? 6 conference will be taken online through  Go to, or visit the website and under “buy tickets” enter Safe As Churches? 6 and follow the prompts. Note you will need to include your denominational role in Safe Church work to register.

Earlybird discount offered up until 30 April 2013.

If you have any other enquiries please email Josie Barnett at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 0413028160.

Please note that registration at this conference is by invitation only. If you have other colleagues who you feel would benefit from our conference, please ask them to email this address so that we may extend the invitation to them.


Click here for Safe as Churches? 6 Invitation, Program and Preferences