What is Safe Church?
The Safe Church program is part of the work of the Uniting Church towards developing a “culture of safety” within its many congregations and agencies, with a particular focus on these faith communities doing all they can to create an environment in which children and other potentially vulnerable people are as safe as possible from abuse. The program has been developed in part as a response to the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and in part because it encourages best practice in this area and challenges any unwarranted confidence that such abuse could not occur “at our place”.
Safe Church and MtE
The Church Council has committed the Congregation of Mark the Evangelist (MtE) to be a “safe church” in accordance with the Synod’s program. This page provides for members of the congregation links to the key documents which summarise the elements and undertakings which Church Council has made on behalf of the congregation. The policy, commitment and code of conduct are binding on all members (formal and informal) of the congregation.
Church Council has:
- Read the Synod Keeping Children Safe Policy, updated 6 February 2019.
- Signed the Statement of Commitment on 6 June 2019.
- Adopted the Keeping Children Safe Code of Conduct on 6 June 2019.
If you wish to explore the many other resources available, the Synod Keeping Children Safe website can be accessed here.