We affirm that all people have the right to be emotionally and physically safe, respected, and have their views and options valued at all times. We live in a country that legislates for people’s safety and God calls his body to minister to vulnerable people. God identifies classes of vulnerable people who are to be protected and given special care and treatment in a society because of their powerlessness including the foreigner, widows and orphans (Exodus 22:21-22, Deuteronomy 10:17-19, Jeremiah 22:2-4, James 1:27).
All leaders, ministers, staff and office holders at St Paul’s are required to follow the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle’s “Faithfulness in Service”. Full details can be found on the Diocesan Website. In addition, all those involved in ministry at St Paul’s including volunteers are screened according to our Church and Diocesan procedures, and in accordance with State and Commonwealth legislation.