The Anglican Diocese of Tasmania has appointed Reverend Eleanor O'Donnell to oversee the church's Safe Ministry with Children and Young People programme.
The Safe Ministry programme was initiated by the church in 1999 to promote a safe environment for children and young people participating in church groups and activities. The implementation of the program was one of the key recommendations of the 1998 report into issues of abuse within the church.
The Bishop of Tasmania, the Right Reverend John Harrower, sees the appointment of Reverend O'Donnell as an important step for the church. "I am very concerned that all the children entrusted to our church leaders and volunteers are able to grow in their faith and enjoy church activities within a safe environment. I want parents to be confident that our volunteers have been properly accredited and trained, and for the leaders themselves to feel well equipped for their important role."
Over the past 2 years, the Safe Ministry program has been implemented by Mrs Helen Phillips, the church's Children's and Families Worker. She has co-ordinated training seminars around the state. Individual parishes have so far accredited 145 volunteers working with children and young people through a thorough process, including application forms, police checks, referee checks, interviews with an accreditation panel, and a state register of accredited volunteers. Mrs Phillips will work in close partnership with Reverend O'Donnell, as she takes up this new appointment.
Article from: Anglican Media