Safe Ministry Training
All clergy and lay position holders (church workers including volunteers) must undertake safe ministry training. This is a key element in our framework for keeping our churches safe.
The safe ministry training program is new (released September 2021) and regardless of whether a Professional Standards Seminar or other child safety/safe ministry training has been previously undertaken in the past 3 years, all clergy and lay position holders must undertake this appropriate level/s of training as soon as possible but no later than 28th February 2022.
The safe ministry training takes into account the Diocese’s compliance requirements including:
- Safe Ministry to Children Canon
- Professional Standards Uniform Act
- Faithfulness in Service
- Child protection legislation
- Victorian Child Safe Standards
The courses offer basic level training for all church workers in the concepts of safe ministry and additional training for those responsible for the implementation of Diocesan safe ministry requirements in Parishes and Authorised Anglican Congregations (AACs). The training is provided by Creating Safer Communities.
Please note registrations for the online courses open Monday 6th September 2021.
Safe Ministry Essentials (Level 1)
A two-hour course for all clergy and lay position holders to develop awareness of the Diocesan Safe Ministry policy, protocols, procedures, and practices. The training includes biblical foundations, healthy team ministry, screening, boundaries, code of conduct, duty of care, responding to concerns and self-care as church workers. This training is available as an eTraining course via Openlearning.com, https://www.openlearning.com/courses/adom-safe-ministry-essentials.
The cost for Level 1 is $20.
Safe Ministry with Children and Young People (Level 2)
A two-hour course for all children and youth workers (lay and clergy) to develop awareness of Child Safety. This course includes empowering children, identifying, and responding to concerns (risk of harm), reducing the risks of child abuse, and caring for all parties. Level 2 training is available as an eTraining course via Openlearning.com, https://www.openlearning.com/courses/adom-safe-ministry-to-children-and-young-people. The cost for Level 2 is $15.
Safe Ministry Implementation for Senior Leaders (Level 3)
A course for all clergy, Parish Council members, Child Safe Officers and Ministry Program Coordinators aimed at working through the implementation of Diocesan Safe Ministry Policy, Protocols and Procedures. This training will be offered via Zoom (details to provided soon). The cost for Level 3 is $15.
A user guide is available with information about accessing and using the online training is available here. If you are still having problems with access or use of the Openlearning system after consulting the guide, please call the Helpline on 1800 070 511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the Creating Safer Communities staff will assist.