Safe Ministry Training

All Safe Ministry Training information – including details of courses, bookings and training resources are now on our companion website: http://safeministry.training

 


What follows is the section of the Safe Ministry Map document that sets out the Safe Ministry Training policy for all our churches:

1.4 Safe Ministry training

Each and every person involved in a children’s ministry position must have undertaken Safe Ministry training within the last three years, or within three months after their appointment. The Safe Ministry Refresher must be completed every three years thereafter.

In addition, the senior minister and any assistant minister licensed to the parish must have satisfactorily completed Safe Ministry training within the last three years or within three months after their licence is issued and every three years thereafter while their licence continues.

Junior leaders under the age of 16 should complete Safe Ministry Junior training.

A children’s ministry position means any paid or unpaid position to which a person is appointed by or on behalf of the senior minister or the wardens that involves activities primarily related to, and physical or face-to-face contact with, children.

Examples include Sunday School teachers, youth group leaders, crèche helpers, etc.

There is no need to insist on completion of Safe Ministry training for every person who helps out in a children’s ministry position from time to time. Examples of people who would not ordinarily be expected to undergo training include:

  • A teenager who helps the adult leaders of a primary school-age children’s program for a week in the school holidays as a one-off,
  • Casual helpers who assist from time to time and do not fulfil a leadership or teaching role in a children’s program, and
  • Other volunteers who help out with programs for infants and young children (such as playgroups) but who have no program responsibility or teaching role.

The table in “1.3 Selection and screening of leaders” gives guidance as to who is required to undertake Safe Ministry training.

Anglican Youthworks runs Safe Ministry training events each year at set times, and will run training on request with a minimum of 10 participants. Alternatively a person can be trained by Youthworks as a Local Safe Ministry Trainer for the parish, or a Local Safe Ministry Trainer at a neighbouring parish could be registered as a trainer for the parish. This provides the flexibility to do the training at a time that is convenient. Further details can be found at www.youthworks.net/safeministry.

Recognition of other recent equivalent alternative training may be approved by the Director of the Professional Standards Unit who may refer the request to the Safe Ministry Board.

Moore Theological College provides Safe Ministry training to its students, and Ministry Training and Development provides Safe Ministry training for participants in it’s program (typically, graduates in their first three years out of College).

If a person has not, without just cause, completed Safe Ministry training, their appointment is revoked.

Senior ministers should take into account the following matters in determining whether there is ‘just cause’ to waive the requirement to have undertaken the training within the specified timeframe:

  • Difficulties that arise in immediately undertaking the training when a person is first appointed, and
  • Temporary delays in undertaking training due to short-term unavailability of training, or personal short-term difficulties in attending training.

As the senior minister is the responsible person, specific decisions to waive Safe Ministry training will ultimately reflect on the senior minister.