The Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission

The Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission (ACSCC) is an international body which was established at the request of the Anglican Consultative Council at its meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, in 2016 (ACC-16).

The Commission’s task is to promote the safety of people within churches of the Anglican Communion – with a particular focus on children, young people and vulnerable adults. During the first phase of its work (2016-2019) the Commission identified safeguarding policies and procedures already in place within the Anglican Communion and developed new international guidelines. The guidelines were presented to the Anglican Consultative Council in Hong Kong in 2019 (ACC-17) where they were approved.

Since 2019, the principal function of the Commission is to be an advisory body for the effective implementation of the guidelines in the provinces of the Anglican Communion through the development of resources, training and liaison with provincial representatives.


How to Start Guide

thumb-wdab-enThis Guide provides key definitions and suggested ways of beginning to implement Safe Church work. The actual systems, processes and practices you develop will vary according to your context. Implementing Safe Church policies and practices will take time. This Guide is intended to enable you and your provincial/diocesan Safe Church team to begin the work.  

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Guidelines

thumb-wdab-enGuidelines to enhance the safety of all persons—especially children, young people and vulnerable adults—within the provinces of the Anglican Communion. 

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Webinar Series

The Lambeth Call on Safe Church affirms the importance of churches of the Anglican Communion being safe places for everyone. As such a series of webinars exploring the Lambeth Call on Safe Church and the work of the Safe Church Commission will be taking place in April 2024.

Learn more and register for the webinars

 

The Commission and its Members

Safe Church Commission members at the Lambeth Conference 2022

The Commission is chaired by senior counsel Garth Blake, senior member of a tribunal, who also previously chaired the Anglican Church of Australia’s Safe Ministry Commission. The Link Director is Mandy Marshall, Director for Gender Justice. 

Learn more about the Commission and its members