Are school teachers exempt from doing Safe Ministry training?

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The Safe Ministry to Children Ordinance 2020, requires all clergy and church workers working with children (under 18 year olds) to complete Safe Ministry Essentials or Safe Ministry Refresher training, or an equivalent course by another denomination under the Safe Church Training Agreement (SCTA).

Because courses related to other professions are all structured differently, and do not teach from a gospel perspective or cover the church environment, we cannot accept that training. However, with Safe Ministry Training being available online, people with such profession-based training will generally be able to progress quickly through sections of material where they have prior knowledge from other training (e.g. signs of abuse).

For more information on SCTA courses see this article.