FAQ

 

FAQ
A growing collection of Frequently Asked Questions to assist Safe Ministry Representatives and others in parish ministry:

 

Training

UPDATED December 8th 2016

Safe ministry Training lasts for three years.
The first time someone engages in work (volunteer or paid) with <18 year olds, they must complete 'Essentials‘ training before they commence the work. If there are extraordinary circumstances*, there may be a grace period applied to allow them to complete the training as soon as possible, and definitely within three months of commencing work.

However, when the Safe Ministry Training expiry for an existing worker in your church (volunteer or paid) approaches expiry, they should:

  • Make every effort to complete the Refresher course BEFORE the expiry date.
  • If this is impossible to comply with, they should complete the Refresher course within 30 days of the expiry date.

If a Refresher course is not completed within 30 days of the expiry of their training, then they should step down from the ministry role(s), and they must do the ‘Essentials‘ course again before resuming the role.

*If there are very unusual circumstances such as serious medical reasons or the person is overseas, some leniency should be offered, but before doing so, the Safe Ministry Rep or Minister should contact the Safe Ministry Representative Liaison person to discuss the details.

The Safe Ministry Board clarified and confirmed the above details as policy their December 2016 meeting. This underscores the importance for all church workers keeping track of their training dates.

All clergy and lay ministers have the same requirements as anyone who is working with children in your church or ministry.
That means:

  • they must have a verified WWCC and
  • they must be current in their Safe Ministry training – even if their role does not involve them directly working with children.

Things to check for if you are a Safe Ministry Representative:

  • Make sure you have all clergy staff members give you their WWCC details (for recording in your Safe Ministry Records and verifying), and their Safe Ministry Training details (evidence of date of last training, and preferably name of trainer, etc)
  • It’s easy for ministers to forget about renewing their WWCC or Safe Ministry training, so you will be doing them a big favour if you remind them in plenty of time when those dates are coming up.
  • In the past, clergy and lay ministers who hold a license from the Archbishop have gained credit for Safe Ministry training by attending the Faithfulness in Service Conference held every three years. But from 2017 that training credit will no longer exist, so all clergy and lay ministers will need to complete a Safe Ministry ‘Refresher’ course BEFORE June 2017 in to stay current with their training.

Managing Junior Leaders (those under 18 years old) needs as much care as we give the process with adult leaders. Here are the main points:

  • WWCC – Under 18 year olds cannot obtain a WWCC, so they and their parents/guardian must complete this declaration which must then be securely stored with other Safe ministry documents.
    Note: A Junior Leader must have a verified WWCC as soon as they turn 18. This transition is helped by the fact that they can apply from 17 years 9 months of age.
  • Screening – We should be as vigilant with our screening of Junior Leaders as we are with adults (a high percentage of sexual abuse of children is peer-to-peer abuse). So every church should use a comprehensive screening policy such as found in this document.
  • Safe Ministry Training – All Junior Leaders should be current in their Safe ministry Training – just as adult leaders are expected to be.
    The Junior version of the Safe Ministry Training course is designed for Junior Leaders (under 18 years). However, with such a variation in maturity levels of teenagers, some 16-17 year olds can cope with the full course without problem. But this should be managed on a case by case basis with close consultation with the Junior Leader’s parents.
    Note that Youthworks do not offer the Junior Leaders course as part of their Training Weeks, and so a Junior Leader may attend such a course at any nearby church whose Local Safe Ministry Trainer is running it.

Any further questions: please contact the Safe Ministry Representative

 

Administration

 

Screening

All clergy and lay ministers have the same requirements as anyone who is working with children in your church or ministry.
That means:

  • they must have a verified WWCC and
  • they must be current in their Safe Ministry training – even if their role does not involve them directly working with children.

Things to check for if you are a Safe Ministry Representative:

  • Make sure you have all clergy staff members give you their WWCC details (for recording in your Safe Ministry Records and verifying), and their Safe Ministry Training details (evidence of date of last training, and preferably name of trainer, etc)
  • It’s easy for ministers to forget about renewing their WWCC or Safe Ministry training, so you will be doing them a big favour if you remind them in plenty of time when those dates are coming up.
  • In the past, clergy and lay ministers who hold a license from the Archbishop have gained credit for Safe Ministry training by attending the Faithfulness in Service Conference held every three years. But from 2017 that training credit will no longer exist, so all clergy and lay ministers will need to complete a Safe Ministry ‘Refresher’ course BEFORE June 2017 in to stay current with their training.

Managing Junior Leaders (those under 18 years old) needs as much care as we give the process with adult leaders. Here are the main points:

  • WWCC – Under 18 year olds cannot obtain a WWCC, so they and their parents/guardian must complete this declaration which must then be securely stored with other Safe ministry documents.
    Note: A Junior Leader must have a verified WWCC as soon as they turn 18. This transition is helped by the fact that they can apply from 17 years 9 months of age.
  • Screening – We should be as vigilant with our screening of Junior Leaders as we are with adults (a high percentage of sexual abuse of children is peer-to-peer abuse). So every church should use a comprehensive screening policy such as found in this document.
  • Safe Ministry Training – All Junior Leaders should be current in their Safe ministry Training – just as adult leaders are expected to be.
    The Junior version of the Safe Ministry Training course is designed for Junior Leaders (under 18 years). However, with such a variation in maturity levels of teenagers, some 16-17 year olds can cope with the full course without problem. But this should be managed on a case by case basis with close consultation with the Junior Leader’s parents.
    Note that Youthworks do not offer the Junior Leaders course as part of their Training Weeks, and so a Junior Leader may attend such a course at any nearby church whose Local Safe Ministry Trainer is running it.

Any further questions: please contact the Safe Ministry Representative

 

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