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Welcome to the Safe Ministries Unit

Our Diocese is committed to holistic Safe Church Ministry. This means: we commit to our pastoral, duty of care, legal and insurance obligations; with its goal that all ministries are spiritually, emotionally and physically safe; based on the premise that Diocesan parishes and ministries should be person-valuing and respectful spaces free from abuse and harm, for ministry to God’s glory.

In order to implement the Diocese’s commitment, the Safe Ministries Unit (SMU) operates with a focus on prevention, early intervention, response and recovery.

The SMU is staffed by Celia Irving, Peter Barnett, Alison Payne and is supported by the Episcopal and Archdeaconry Team. The SMU staff seek to facilitate the building and maintaining of safe communities of faith by supporting and resourcing parishes to:

  • foster relationships between members, and those of the wider community, based on the teachings of Jesus Christ;
  • provide a safe and secure environment where all people can feel respected;
  • provide responsible and loving Christian leadership and management practices built on a scriptural base, and
  • ensure that any cases of alleged abuse, neglect or grievances and complaints are handled in a consistent, unbiased and thorough manner. (Safe Communities of Faith Policy).

If you need any assistance in prevention, early intervention for church health issues, response or would like support for your parish to address issues that have impacted your parish, please contact the SMU.

The Professional Standards Director (PSD) oversees all aspects of prevention and response in the safe ministries area.


Please click on the following links for more information and resources relating to the Safe Ministries Unit.


  Diocesan Policies and Procedures



 Safe Ministries Training and Workshops



 Information Sheets for Parishes



 Screening Forms for Church Workers


 Reporting Abuse



 State and Territory Legislation





Contact Us:

 Mrs Celia Irving

 Professional Standards Director

 Diocesan Office: 02 6232 3620

 Mobile:  0427 533 159






 Alison Payne

 SMU Administration Assistant

 Phone: 6232 3610






 Peter Barnett

 Deputy Professional Standards Director


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