Creating Safer Churches

Keeping children and vulnerable people safe

A2A Pastor and Leaders have an obligation to create a safe space for children and vulnerable people.

A2A are proactive in creating and implementing safe churches

These guidelines have been developed by the National Leadership Team (NLT) to strengthen both the policy and implementation of practices that keep children and vulnerable people safe in A2A Churches and associated Ministries.

The guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the A2A Ministry Manual and specifically complement but not supersede the A2A Code of Conduct, affiliation policy, credentialing policy and guidelines for working with children contained in that document.

A2A Pastors and leaders already have an obligation to be compliant with their relevant working with children checks and working with children policies. In light of the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, no pastor can be expected to carry out their duties without some form of compliance and accountability. These guidelines are part of a proactive response to strengthen how working with children policies and practices are implemented in A2A Churches and associated ministries.