Junior Leaders Course

The Junior Leaders Online course is designed to assist young leaders navigate their way through the challenges of doing ministry well and safely.

Please note:

  • There is no charge for the course
  • This course is only available to churches in the Sydney Anglican Diocese

The online version of the course differs from the previous face to face version of the training.
There are several reasons for this, including the fundamental differences in the two presentation methods, the need to effectively care for the young leaders in training, and meeting obligations as noted in the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

There are a total of 13 Topics in the course, covering areas such as: Safe Ministry principles, appropriate leadership, power in ministry, boundaries in ministry, leader selection, understanding abuse,  reporting abuse and others.

Download this document for more information on the contents of the course.
The time taken to complete the self-paced part of the course will vary with individuals, but is likely to be 2-3 hours.

Note: there is no webinar in the Junior Leaders course.

The Junior Leaders Online course is designed for 14-17 year olds who are helpers in their ministry context, are not in a paid or supervisory position and are supervised at all times by an experienced leader. The course has been independently reviewed by a psychologist who works with teens, to ensure it is sensitive to the needs of this particular age group.

It is expected that most 17 year olds will opt to do the Safe Ministry Essentials course in place of the Junior Leaders course, given that they will need to complete this course when they turn 18 years old. Any person under 18 years seeking to do Safe Ministry Essentials, should only do so with parental knowledge and suitable pastoral support available. For more information regarding best practice with Junior Leaders, see ourFAQ/Knowledgebase page.

Given the nature of some of the topics covered in the course, we do not recommend that helpers under the age of 14 years complete the Junior Leaders course. However, if this does occur it should be with parental supervision and guidance.

A Junior Leader is a person who is between 14 and 18 years of age, and has been appointed to a leadership role in children’s or youth ministry in a parish.
See this article for more details.

In order to effectively administer the Junior Leaders course, it is vital for the young leader’s church to be actively involved with the process.

First Steps

Declaration & Church Coordinator

The church needs to nominate a Church Coordinator who is responsible for coordinating the pre-enrolment process for the Junior Leader course. This includes completing the online declaration below to confirm that the church has met all the pre-requisites for training to take place. We recommend a person such as the leader (or one of the leaders) who directly supervises the Junior Leader(s).
This person can be the same individual as the Training Mentor. This appointment is entirely an internal parish arrangement and made by the Senior Minister. It is not appropriate for the Church Coordinator to be a Junior Leader themselves, and the Coordinator should be at least 21 years old.

Training Mentor

The church needs to arrange a suitable person to act as a Training Mentor to the Junior Leader(s). They must have a current WWCC and Safe Ministry Training. The Training Mentor is required to pastorally care for the Junior Leader(s) if they need to talk about any issues raised in the training, and meet with the Junior Leader(s) near the completion of their course, to discuss the topics covered and to consolidate their learning. If more than one Junior Leader is completing training this meeting could be with a small group. For more information about this role, please refer to our Training Mentor Role Description. This person can be the same individual as the Church Coordinator. This appointment is entirely an internal parish arrangement and made by the Senior Minister.

Permissions & Authorisations

The church needs to obtain the written permission of each Junior Leaders parent(s)/guardian for them to undertake the training, and the authorisation of the Senior Minister. A sample form is available to download at the top left of this page.
These documents should be stored as part of the parish Safe Ministry Records, either as paper or scanned documents. If the church prefers, they can create an online version of these forms for use with their Church Management System (eg: Elvanto)

Safe Ministry Training Account

Each Junior Leader and Training Mentor must create their own Safe Ministry Training Account on the Safe Ministry Training website – unless they already have one. To create an account they should go to https://safeministry.training/create-account
Note: each account must have a unique email address that will need to be accessed during the course.

Summary of steps for the church:

  • Appoint a Church Coordinator who will make sure the rest of the requirements are met and complete the Declaration form.
  • Appoint a Training Mentor.
  • Ensure the Senior Minister has signed an Authorisation form
  • Each Junior Leader must create an account on the Safe Ministry Training website
  • The Training Mentor must create an account on the Safe Ministry Training website
  • The Church Coordinator then completes the form further down this page AFTER the previous steps are complete.

Once the steps above have been completed and the form is submitted, a member of the Safe Ministry Team will check for accuracy and then set up the parish in the training system and enrol the nominated Junior Leaders.
The Junior Leaders and Training Mentor are notified by email when the course is ready for them.
Please allow up to one business day for this to happen.

Further Information

When the Safe Ministry Team have checked the information in the form, and that the Junior Leaders have registered, they will be enrolled in the course and emailed details of how to access and start their training. Note: there is no charge for the Junior Leaders course.

The Training Mentor will be kept up to date with each Leader’s progress in the course. They will also be emailed material to help facilitate a brief discussion with the Junior Leader/s at the conclusion of the self-paced topics. This is to ensure each Junior Leader understands key aspects of the training, and has an opportunity to raise questions.

When the Training Mentor meets with each Junior Leader (or the group) to discuss aspects of the course as above, they give each Junior Leader an access code to unlock the last Topic in the course and release their Safe Ministry Training certificate.
A copy of their certificate (or the certificate code) should be passed onto the parish Safe Ministry Representative as soon as possible.
That certificate will be valid for three years or until the Junior Leader turns 18 (at which time they need to undertake the Essentials course.)

Church Declaration Form - Junior Leaders Course

  • Church Details

  • The full name of the church. Do NOT put 'St Matthews' or similar, but use the full name, including locality if appropriate.
  • Please enter a number from 1 to 20.
    This is number of Junior Leaders planning to do the online course at this time. Should be a number between 1 and 30

  • Junior Leader(s)

    List below each Junior Leader this declaration covers.
    Use the + sign to add another Junior Leader to the list.
  • Name of Junior LeaderDate of Birth 

  • Person making the Declaration

    This should the Church Coordinator or Training Mentor. A Junior Leader should NOT complete this declaration.
  • Description of leadership role or position in the church

  • Training Mentor

    Use the + sign to add another Training Mentor to the list if required
  • Name of Training MentorEmailPhone No. 

  • Declaration

    Ticking the following check boxes declares that signed permission/authorisation for the Junior Leader has been obtained and lodged with the church Safe Ministry Representative from: Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of the Junior Leader(s) and the Senior Minister of the church the Junior Leader(s) serves in
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.


Before you submit this form:

  • This form should be completed by the nominated Church Coordinator or Training Mentor – NOT by a junior leader.

  • ALL the Juniors Leaders should have created their account at https://safeministry.training, along with the Training Mentor. Failure to do this will significantly delay the enrolment process.