Safer Churches and Safer Chaplains... a message from the National Director

The Australian Christian Churches is committed to continuing to create even safer places for children and young people, with every local church and everyone who is in ministry being aware of their responsibilities towards protecting children.

The Australian Christian Churches has actively addressed many of the points that emerged at the Royal Commission hearing in October 2014, and will continue to do so to build a stronger culture of transparency and accountability when it comes to creating a safe environment for children and youth.

Chaplaincy Australia has adopted the ACC Child Protection Policy, and all network members are required to adhere to it. A significant aspect of this commitment is the Safer Churches Training which is now a requirement of all ACC Credential Holders once every three years. The deadline for undertaking this training is Dec 2016. In lining up with this decision it is now a requirement of network membership that all Chaplains and Chaplaincy Associates have also completed this Safer Churches training by Dec 2016.

I appreciate that for some this will be short notice and somewhat difficult to arrange but I would urge us all to make every effort to meet this target and to demonstrate that we are committed to providing a safe environment for all of the people we minister to.

For more details of Safer Churches training dates – please visit your ACC State Website. 


Ralph Estherby – National Director