Safe Ministry training is part of the Diocesan Safe Ministry Ordinance. It requires that all people working in ministry to children and youth as well as ministers and assistant ministers undertake Safe Ministry training every three years.
This training is also beneficial for those involved in ministry to other vulnerable people.
How to get trained in Safe Ministry
From October 2017, the Safe Ministry Refresher course will be available online, with the rest of the courses following by early 2018.
So from October 2017, the methods available to undertake Safe Ministry Training will be:
The Refresher course will be available from mid October. More information about Safe Ministry Training Online is available here.
Essentials and the Junior Leaders courses will be available online from early 2018.
- Face to face regional training
The Safe Ministry Team will continue to run face to face training events regionally across Sydney Diocese during the year. Details of the next set of face to face training events can be found here
Beyond the formal requirements, effective Safe Ministry begins with excellent training, and we have three courses that are designed to equip all people working with children and other vulnerable people with the knowledge and understanding to do so in a manner that builds a culture of safe ministry.
The Anglican Diocese of Sydney requires that all people working in ministry to children and youth, including ministers and assistant ministers, to complete Safe Ministry Essentials. This course is also relevant for those working in ministry to other vulnerable people. This course takes around 4.5-5.0 hours
Course contents include:
- Identifying and appointing appropriate leaders for Christian ministry
- Safe practices to protect vulnerable people
- Recognising and reporting abuse
- Providing a safe environment
Please note: due to the presentation of information on grooming and sexual abuse it is advised that this course may not be suitable for helpers who are under 18 years of age (see Safe Ministry Junior Leaders course below).
This course will be available as an online course early in 2018
After first completing the Safe Ministry Essentials training, the minister, assistant minister and anyone working in ministry to children and youth must complete Safe Ministry Refresher training every three years. If someone fails to complete a Refresher course within 30 days of their three year expiry, they must then do Essentials again in order to maintain currency.
This course is also relevant for those working in ministry to other vulnerable people who wish to maintain their accreditation. This training is also designed for people aged 18 years and over, but may be suitable for some 16-17 year olds.
This course will be available as an online course from October 2017
This training module educates junior leaders on what it means to lead and protect children and vulnerable people in a ministry setting. This course is not run by the PSU, but is part of the Safe Ministry Pack, and can be run by Local Safe Ministry Trainers.
Although this module is not mandatory, it is highly recommended to ensure that all leaders are equipped with appropriate knowledge for the role of leadership. Junior leaders should be supervised at all times by an experienced leader.
At time of writing, it is yet to be decided if the Junior Leader course will be available online.
Safe Ministry Training is currently delivered either at PSU-run Training Events held in various locations around the Diocese (see 2017 dates), or by a Local Safe Ministry Trainer at your church, or one nearby.