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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



Now available online.


The Safe Ministry Team runs 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

The Courses

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 courses:


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).


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.

Junior Leader 

This training module educates junior leaders on what it means to lead and protect children and vulnerable people in a ministry setting. This course will be available online mid 2018

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.

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