St Jude’s Brighton takes our responsibility around the safety of children and vulnerable people seriously. The Priest, Wardens and the Parish Council are committed to keeping all children safe at church. We follow the Anglican Diocese of Adelaide Safe Ministry protocols requirements.
If you were ever concerned about the safety of a child in the parish we would recommend contacting at your earliest convenience to the Priest Sophie Relf-Christopher, or one of the Wardens; Sarah Notridge or Virginia Summers.
The Safer Ministry officer at St Jude’s is our Administrator Rose Neeves. Rose organises training when it is on our site, as well as keeps local records of our office bearers and volunteers and their training requirements. If you need to know more about training, or your own compliance please contact Rose during office hours.
Please note that the Diocese of Adelaide both requires and maintains records of all the people required to undertake background checks and training. You may contact their office at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
If you ever needed to report abuse you could find more information about that process on the Diocesan website here.
An overview of Safe Ministry
Safe Ministry exists to ensure that our church environments, our spaces, leaders, and culture, are safe. The Anglican Diocese of Adelaide aims to ensure that all people within its environments are free from harm or abuse.
Working in adherence to biblical standards, the legal requirements set by the Federal and South Australian State Governments and the National Anglican Church, the Diocese of Adelaide aims to ensure that:
- All clergy, church workers and volunteers undertake to act in accordance with these standards
- That all people, especially children and the vulnerable, are to be protected from all forms of abuse including physical, sexual, psychological and spiritual
- That where abuse has occurred, it is identified and responded to immediately
To achieve this, the Diocese has in place a Safe Ministry ‘clearance’ process, consisting of screening and training, for all clergy, those licensed by the Bishop, paid church workers, and volunteers serving in any capacity within a church or related entity.
Following successful completion of the initial screening and training process, clearance is maintained via two short refresher programmes to be undertaken once every three years.