Safeguarding Churches


All local Churches across Australia and New Zealand strive to fulfill to the following:

  • Adherence to a local Church Child-Safe Policy.
  • Screening of all volunteers and staff who work with children or young people (any person from 0 - 18 years of age).
  • Performing legally-required Criminal History Record Checks that apply in various local regions (State, Territory, or Country).
  • Adopting a Code of Conduct which outlines the conduct expected of all adults who interact with children and young people whilst on Church property and on Church-sponsored activities.
  • Reporting all disclosures, suspisions, and allegations of children at risk of harm or abuse to authorities such as the Police, Government Child Protection services, and to Church authorities.
  • Implementing Safety Agreements with applicants who have a conviction or positive finding for an offence of a sexual, pornographic, or violent nature against a child or young person.
  • Training of local Church Boards and child/youth leaders and coordinators using the 'Safe Church' training manual (based on the Safe Church Training Agreement and Safe Church Project auspiced by the National Council of Churches in Australia), or a training program that meets similar 'standards'.

Local Churches also appoint a Safe Place Leader, or a team, to assist the local Church Board to comply with the Child-Safe Policy, Code of Conduct, and screening requirements.

Resources to enable local Churches to introduce and maintain safer environments for children and young people are available in the Resources section of this website. This includes a template Policy and relevant forms/documents and resources such as brochures and posters.


Local Church Documents


Official Denominational Statements on Child Protection, Wellbeing, and Abuse

The worldwide General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has issues the following statements: