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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.

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:

Essentials

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.

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).

Refresher

After first completing the Safe Ministry Essentials training, the Anglican Diocese of Sydney requires that all people working in ministry to children and youth, including ministers and assistant ministers, maintain their training by completing 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.

Junior Leader 

This training module educates Junior Leaders (those under 18yrs of age) on what it means to lead and protect children and vulnerable people in a ministry setting.

Although this course 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.

Note: when a Junior Leader turns 18yrs of age they must complete Safe Ministry Essentials (if not previously completed). It is not appropriate for any leader to complete Safe Ministry Refresher without first having completed Safe Ministry Essentials.

Do you struggle with the online world?

We recognise that not everyone is comfortable with the online world.
That is why we strongly encourage every church to appoint an Online Assistant – someone willing to sit with and assist people in their church who are not as comfortable with websites and online processes.
If that describes you, please enquire who your church Online Assistant is. Ask your Safe Ministry Representative or your Senior Minister.
Having assistance of this kind can make the world of difference to you successfully completing your Safe Ministry Training.

Getting started in Safe Ministry Training

Create a Safe Ministry Training account

Before you can enrol in a training (either online or face to face) you will need to create a Safe Ministry Training Account. You will only need to do this once, and the account will retain information on your Safe Ministry Training over time.

Log In

To do many things on this web site, you need to log in. The log in page is always accessible from the main menu at the top of every page.
When you are logged in, you will be able to:

  • Pay for/enrol in courses.
  • View your ‘My Dashboard’ page (look for ‘Dashboards’ in the main menu) where you will be able to see the courses you are enrolled in, expiry dates of your enrolment, certificates you have earned and other useful information.
  • Access the courses you are enrolled in

Finishing your training

Essentials and Refresher Online:
A key part of these courses is the webinar (a seminar held online). Once you have registered and attended a webinar, you will have one final Topic to complete which will then release your certificate. Your certificate will then be accessible for the next three years from your ‘My Dashboard’ page.

Face to face courses:
As soon as your attendance at the face to face training events and your signed Safe Ministry Pledge is confirmed, your certificate will be emailed to you at the address you used to when your created your Safe Ministry Training account.  Your certificate will also be accessible for the next three years from your ‘My Dashboard’ page.

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