Prevention of abuse & misconduct Peter Barnett (the Director) and his team have been implementing Safe Ministry prevention education and policy & procedure development across a range of denominations in Australia since 2004.


The Safe Ministry Resources (SMR) Safe Ministry Manual is currently (2017) being utilised by:

  • Australian Christian Churches (ACC)
  • Hillsong
  • Anglican Dioceses of Canberra & Goulburn, The Northern Territory, Bunbury, The Murray, Bathurst, Newcastle, Grafton, Riverina and Rockhampton.
  • Baptist Churches of Western Australia.
  • Uniting Church in Australia Synods:  NSW & ACT,  South Australia and Western Australia.
  • The Salvation Army: Australia Eastern Territory (NSW & QLD)
  • Churches of Christ NSW & ACT (FreshHope)
  • International Network of Churches (Christian Outreach Centre Australia)
  • The Seventh-day Adventist Church Australia.
  • The Four Square Church in Australia.
  • Power to Change
  • Christian Venues Association
  • Riverview Church WA


Responding independently and fairly to allegations of abuse & misconduct SMR provides various ‘response to complaints’ services (Professional Standards), including being a first point of contact through our 1800 Helpline for the following Christian groups: Australian Christian Churches (ACC) Anglican Diocese of Armidale Anglican Diocese of Bathurst Anglican Diocese of Canberra & Goulburn Anglican Diocese of Grafton Anglican Diocese of Riverina Anglican Diocese of Northern Territory Anglican Defence Chaplains AFES (Australian Fellowship of Evangelical Students) CMS (Church Mission Society) CVA (Christian Venues Association) If you have a concern or complaint about a church worker in any of these church groups call the Safe Ministry Helpline: 1800 070 511 The Helpline is a business hours line (9am-5pm AEST) for response to complaints and Safe Ministry information. If you have an immediate concern for a person's safety, call the appropriate agency, e.g. 000.

Recovery from abuse & misconduct


Facilitating recovery from abuse and misconduct is an ongoing responsibility of the church as it seeks to compassionately work with survivors, offenders and congregations in the days, months and even years following the discovery of the abuse or misconduct.


SMR is committed to helping those impacted by abuse &/or misconduct, i.e. survivors, offenders and congregations in their recovery journey by arranging counselling, referring to specialists in the area of recovery and through the provision of processes to facilitate, where appropriate, conflict resolution,  healing and restoration. This commitment extends to the provision of a process for the management of known sexual offenders who are in congregations.

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