Australian Anglican Garth Blake SC will chair the new Safe Church Commission, established to promote the safety of people within the churches of the Anglican Communion, the Anglican Communion News Service reported today.
The Anglican Primate of Australia, Melbourne Archbishop Philip Freier, congratulated Mr Blake on his appointment and thanked him for his enormous contribution over many years.
Mr Blake is a member of the Anglican Consultative Council, has served as the chair of the Anglican Church of Australia’s Child Protection Committee, and is convener of the Anglican Communion Safe Church Network.
“I am very much looking forward to chairing the Anglican Communion Safe Church Commission”, he said. “The Commission has come from a deep desire within the Communion to fulfil the biblical mandate for the safety of all people, especially children, young people and vulnerable adults. Its creation is vital and timely.”
The establishment of a Commission to promote the safety of people within the churches of the Anglican Communion was requested by the Anglican Consultative Council in 2016. This was in response to a deep concern that lapses in behaviour by some clergy and church workers in a number of Anglican Provinces have had tragic consequences for those who have been abused.
During the next three years, the Commission will identify safeguarding policies and procedures already in place, and develop guidelines and accompanying resources that will assist churches throughout the Communion to be places of safety. For more details read the ACNS report here.