- For Parishes
Proper screening of the workers in our ministries to vulnerable people is perhaps the single best tool in our toolbox to help prevent abuse in our ministries.
Our Safe Ministry Training course (Essentials) is very clear about this process:
Thorough recruitment, screening and selection of leaders are vital to the success of a ministry. By being thorough, churches are ensuring that those attending programs are being ministered to by people who are suited to the ministry role. The recruitment and appointment of leaders should involve creating role descriptions, undertaking appropriate screening checks, completing an application for ministry and conducting interviews with candidates for certain positions before their appointment. Once appointed leaders should be expected to undertake ongoing training for their role as well as being appropriately supervised.
A leadership pack should be made available to leaders prior to engaging them in leadership. This should include:
Job descriptions (including a code of conduct)
Churches should have clear job descriptions written for each ministry role, both paid and unpaid positions. Leaders should know to whom they are responsible, what they are responsible for and the expected length of time they will serve in their role.
Code of Conduct‐Faithfulness in Service (2014)
3.1 This Code [Faithfulness in Service] will only be effective if it is widely known and available throughout the Church, practiced consistently and implemented justly. Clergy and church workers will protect the safety of others and themselves by observing its standards and following its guidelines.
This code of conduct is the basis for how all leaders should appropriately minister to others and where the boundaries are in their capacity as a leader. It is highly recommended that leaders are given a copy of the code early in their induction process and should access it on a regular basis . As part of their commitment to leadership and preferably prior to taking on their leadership position, leaders should agree to read the code of conduct and confirm in writing that they have done so and will abide by the code.
Application for ministry
This is similar to a job application form and can provide general information about a person for a particular role as well as any experience or qualifications
they may have that are relevant to the position. they can also provide an opportunity to understand more about the person’s understanding of the gospel.
Examples are here and here
Relevant screening procedures
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