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Safe Ministry Training

Safe Ministry training provides awareness training for all church workers in the concepts of Safe Ministry, and additional training for those responsible for the implementation of Diocesan Safe Ministry (safe church) requirements on the ground.

Safe Ministry Training takes in account:

  • Diocesan Safe Ministry procedures;
  • Safe Ministry to Children Canon;
  • Child protection related legislation;
  • Work Health and Safety; and
  • Child Safe Standards.

The company Creating Safer Communities produces and operates our Safe Ministry Training.

1. Safe Ministry Essentials (Level 1)

A course for all clergy and lay position holders to develop awareness of the Diocesan Safe Ministry policy, protocols, procedures, and practices.  The training includes biblical foundations; healthy team ministry; screening; boundaries; code of conduct; duty of care; responding to concerns; and self-care as church workers.

Delivery methods

  • Face to face workshop (two hours)
  • Zoom session (two hours)
  • Online via Openlearning.com

Course cost – $20 per person.

2. Safe Ministry with Children and Young People (Level 2)

A course for all children and youth workers (lay and clergy) to develop awareness of Child Safety.  This course includes empowering children; identifying and responding to concerns (risk of harm); reducing the risks of child abuse; and caring for all parties.

To do this training, you must have done Safe Ministry Essentials (Level 1) first.

Delivery methods

  • Face to face workshop format (two hours)
  • Zoom session (two hours)
  • Online via Openlearning.com

Course cost – $15 per person.

3. Safe Ministry Refresher

A course that provides an overview and update of information covered in the three years since Safe Ministry Training was last completed.

Delivery methods

  • Zoom session (two hours)
  • Online via Openlearning.com

Course cost – $20 per person.

4. Safe Ministry Implementation session for Parish leadership (optional)

This course aims to develop awareness of, and assist with, Parish implementation of the Diocesan Safe Ministry Policy, Protocols and Procedures for clergy, Parish Council members, Child Safe Officers and Ministry Program Coordinators.

Delivery methods

  • Zoom session (two hours)

Course cost – $20 per person.

Accessing Online Safe Ministry Training  

There are two ways methods for enrolling in Online training:

1. Individual Enrollment and credit card payment.

Individual can enroll themselves at any time and works through the course at their own pace at their own time. The individual pays for the course themselves.

Please read the instructions here, before undertaking a course at the links below:

2. Parish Course Access Code Enrollment

This method requires Parishes to commit to payment for workers direct to Creating Safer Communities each month.

Then, the Parish can provide each worker or Group Facilitator with a Course Access Code that can be used for enrollment.

Please read the instructions here, before undertaking a course at the links below:

What Training Should I Complete?

Safe Ministry Training is required every 3 years.

If you have not undertaken training in our Diocese in the past or your training was more than 3 years ago, you will need to do the Level 1 course and, if a child or youth worker, the Level 2 course.

If your training was done 3 years ago, you will need to do a Refresher workshop.

The Safe Ministry Implementation Session is optional for parish leaders and is offered via zoom – contact the Safe Ministry Unit for more information.

Booking a Face to Face or Zoom Workshop

There is a minimum number of attendees for these sessions i.e. 20 people.

If your Parish would like to host a Face to Face or Zoom please contact the Safe Ministry Unit.

Who pays attend the training?

Parishes or Ministry Units meet the costs of training sessions,

For on-line training where the individual has enrolled themselves, Open Learning will provide a receipt that can be presented to the Parish/Ministry Unit for reimbursement.