The purpose of the Safe Church is to promote the mission of the church by providing a safe and effective working, learning and spiritual environment. For a copy of the Safe Church Policy, click here.
Criminal Record Checks are a requirement in the Diocese of Fredericton for clergy and lay volunteers. Need a criminal record check? Contact Ben Bourque.
The objectives of Safe Church are:
a) The prevention of misconduct towards anyone, including children, youth and vulnerable adults, by applying effective processes to ensure the church is a safe place for all people including Clergy, lay-leaders, Diocesan and parish staff, and other volunteers
b) The protection of all members of the church community from misconduct, particularly children, youth and vulnerable adults; and
c) The legal protection of the Diocese, each Diocesan or Parish Corporation and their leadership.
Who is this training for?
- parish council members
- paid staff (including clergy)
- choir director
- envelope secretary
- children and youth workers
- honourary assistants
- pastoral visitors
- refugee volunteers (speak to parish Safe Church liaison about special training)
- treasurer and all others who handle money
- volunteer staff including admin, grounds and janitorial
Volunteers and employees with current police/criminal record checks who have participated in Safe Church training follow the diocesan Safe Church policy. Re-certification and a new criminal record check are required every three years.
Questions or Need Help? Contact Ben Bourque, Personnel & Safe Church Officer for the diocese.