Safer Ministry

Screening Requirements

The revised Safer Ministry Programme Information and Schedule outlines requirements of Safer Ministry Accreditation, and Safer Ministry Education for Categories 1 and 2. Please see the below table for roles and their category.

Level 1
  • Clergy, Ordination Candidates, Paid Ministry Workers
    (includes Parish Priests, Priest in charge, PTOs, Locum Tenens, all other licensed clergy)

  • Youth and Children’s Ministry Licence
    (includes all who work with, or who have opportunity to be alone with youth/children)

  • Lay Ministry Leadership Licence
    (includes Aged care, home communion, bereavement follow-up, baptism preparation, leader of adult choir/music group)

  • Lay Reader Licence
    (includes those who lead worship and preach/teach)

  • Bell Ringer/Musicians
    (includes people who have or have the possibility of having contact with people under the age of 18 years old)

  • Safer Ministry Trainers & Educators
    (includes paid and volunteer trainers of courses delivered as part of the safer ministry education programme)

  • Senior Employees of the Synod
    (includes the Registrar & Secretary of Synod, the Deputy Registrar, Professional Standards Director; and as appropriate staff engaged in safer ministry, licensing and professional standards areas)
Level 2
  • Lay Ministry Assistant Authorisation
    (includes those assisting in leading worship, administration of the sacrament)

  • Local Leadership
    (includes Wardens, Treasurers, Secretaries, Parish Council Members, Synod Representatives)

  • Diocesan Leadership
    (includes members of Diocesan Council, Diocesan Administration & Resources Executive, Ministry Units, Cathedral Chapter, Professional Standards Committee, Professional Standards Panel, Anglican Funds South Australia, Board, St Barnabas’ College Council, Trust of the See, any other committee of body that acts on behalf of or represents the Synod)

  • Optional – All parishioners are encourages to participate in Screening and Education activities (this might include all volunteers, intercessors, Bible readers, sides-people/welcomers, etc.)

Level 1

  • An undertaking to comply with the Diocesan Code of Conduct "Faithfulness in Service"
  • Safer Ministry Screening Questionnaire 
  • National Criminal History Record Check
  • Professional Standards Local Screening
  • Professional Standards National Screening
  • Ensuring Safer Church Communities (ESCC) training
  • Child Safe Environments (CSE) training

Level 2

  • An undertaking to be familiar with and uphold the Diocesan Code of Conduct "Faithfulness in Service"
  • National Criminal History Record Check
  • Ensuring Safer Church Communities (ESCC) training

Faithfulness in Service

A national code for personal behaviour and the practice of pastoral ministry by clergy and church workers


National Criminal History Checks

Only original/certified copies of National Criminal History Check reports, dated no more than 3 months will be accepted. Original reports will be noted by the Safer Ministry Accreditation Office and returned to applicants.

Training Courses

Ensuring Safer Church Communities (ESCC)

ESCC is an in-house program that outlines the way by which we can ensure our church communities create and provide safe environments in every way – socially, relationally, physically, spiritually and emotionally.
This program looks at issues such as what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God, and our role in creating and shaping culture. The program looks at different types of potential abuse across congregations and in the Diocese as well as taking a closer look at the Diocesan Code of Conduct- Faithfulness in Service, what it means and how it translates to our lives in service.

Child Safe Environments (CSE)

This training reflects the vision of the South Australian government that the whole community will endeavour to care for and protect children through building stronger, more child-focused communities, and will help participants to recognise the signs of child abuse, know the appropriate action to take and understand how to support the child and their family. The one day seminar outlines the legislative requirements for clergy, paid and voluntary workers in the Anglican Church to report child abuse as “mandated notifiers”.

2017 Training Calendar

Saturday 7th
Ensuring Safer Church Communities (ESCC) St Bartholomew's 77 Beulah Road
Saturday 14th
Ensuring Safer Church Communities (ESCC) St Francis of Assissi 835 South Road
Clarence Gardens
Saturday 21st
Ensuring Safer Church Communities (ESCC) St Barnabas Corner of Elizabeth & William Streets
Saturday 11th
Ensuring Safer Church Communities (ESSC) Holy Cross 91-93 Elizabeth Way
Saturday 18th
Child Safe Environments (CSE) The Church of St John St John's Road
Norton Summit
Saturday 25th
Ensuring Safer Church Communities (ESCC) The Church of St John St John's Road
Norton Summit

Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need to update my screening and training?

All screening and training must be updated every 3 years. 

If I don’t need a CSE certificate do I need to attend a whole ESCC training session?

Yes. To be issued a certificate for ESCC, the entire session must be attended.

If I have completed CSE training through another organisation will that certificate be accepted?

Yes, a certificate from another organisation/workplace is acceptable. You will simply need to supply a copy of your certificate to the Diocese.


If you are unsure of the validity of your Licence, National Criminal History Record Check, or training please contact the Safer Ministry Team on 8305 9301 or email