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Anglican Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn

Creating Safer Communities provide face to face and online training that contains videos, links to relevant websites, written information, tasks, reflections and short quizzes. It can then be used on an ongoing basis as a reference guide and resource for Safe Ministry enquiries.

Register individuals or groups for Safe Ministry courses below.

Safe Ministry Essentials (Level 1) – A 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, child safe practices, responding to concerns (child and adult related), and self-care as church workers.

Safe Ministry with Children and Young People (Level 2) – A course for all children and youth workers (lay and clergy) to develop awareness of Child Safety and Child Protection. This course includes empowering children, identifying and responding to concerns (risk of harm), reducing the risks of child abuse, and caring for all parties.

Safe Ministry Implementation for Senior Leaders (Level 3) – A course for all clergy, Parish Council members, Parish Safe Ministry Coordinators and Ministry Program Coordinators aimed at working through the implementation of Diocesan Safe Ministry Policy, Protocols, and Procedures (in particular the Child Safe Standards, Reportable Conduct Scheme, screening of workers, Grievance Procedure, Professional Standards, and Ministry to Persons of Concern).
Refresher Courses – Safe Ministry training is refreshed every 3 years. The Refresher courses are an opportunity to review the concepts of Safe Ministry, cover new material, and reflect on implementation in your parish.
Payments – Payments using credit card will receive a link directly to our eTraining platform. If you are paying by direct deposit, you will receive a link to our eTraining platform as soon as we have confirmation that payment has been received.


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Safe Ministry Implementation – Level 3 Training (Video-Conference via Zoom)
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1. Once CSC receives your payment you will receive confirmation of payment via email. 
2. This email confirmation will contain the ZOOM link to share with those you have registered with (Please forward the confirmation email to them).
If you have any questions email [email protected]


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Celia Irving – Director CMI Vocational Training Pty Ltd

Celia holds a Master of Education (Adult Communication Management & Adult Education), a Bachelor of Vocational Education & Training, a Diploma of Teaching (Primary), a Diploma of Management, a Diploma of Community Service Co-ordination, and a Certificate IV in Assessment & Training.
Her career has spanned more than 40 years, starting in Primary Teaching, then moving into Adult Education, and has had a focus on communication skills since 1981.
Celia has been involved in lay ministry to children and young people and served on the local church council. Within the broader church community, Celia has been involved in developing and delivering training in the Safe Ministry field since 2002, and at an Anglican Diocesan level in the area of Professional Standards since 2010.

Reverend Peter Barnett – Director Creating Safer Communities

Peter holds a Bachelor of Ministry, Advanced Diploma of Ministry, and Diploma of Teaching.
Peter has been working in implementation of Safe Ministry prevention education, and policy & procedure development since 2004, as well as responding to Professional Standards concerns within churches across a range of denominations in Australia since 2007.
Peter has been involved in worship and children’s ministry both at a local church and Baptist denominational level, including an itinerant kids’ ministry known as ‘The Shed’ and the ‘GodSpace’ program used across Australia in Christian Schools, churches and for Scripture in primary schools.

Theological statement

The course designers acknowledge that across the Christian church there can be different theological perspectives.
The information and activities in these courses come from a trinitarian, grace-based perspective, which is that of the course designers. We also wish to express that the main concepts in this course, ‘duty of care’ , ‘being respectful in our boundary-crossings’, ‘protection of the vulnerable’ and ‘safe environments’ are all an expression of love for one another, a love which comes from God.  


CSC has over 15 years of experience in implementation of face to face Safe Ministry prevention education

Safe Ministry training aims to assist church workers in understanding their pastoral, organisational, legal and risk management responsibilities towards reducing the instances of ministry misconduct, abuse, and duty of care and/or safety failures, and to provide churches with general good practice advice for Safe Ministry. 
CSC recognises that training does not ensure Safe Ministry, but that this will be achieved through the implementation of robust policy, procedures and  through safe ministry interactions.   


Child Protection Basics

To help educate staff and volunteers in relation to: 
– child safe environments (incl National 10 Child Safe Principles)
– understanding harm and risk of harm
– responding to risk of harm concerns

Volunteer Essentials

To train volunteers in relation to: 
– Child Protection / Safe Ministry policy
– Safe Ministry concepts (boundaries, codes of conduct, and duty of care)
– identifying and responding to concerns about harm

Safe Church/Ministry for Senior Leaders (Induction / Refresher)

Designed to assist church workers in their understanding and awareness of:
 God-honouring, life-giving and harm-free ministry interactions
– appropriate boundaries and codes of conduct
– duty of care
identifying and responding to concerns about harm
 procedures for responding to risk of harm
safe physical, emotional and spiritual environments
denominational policies and procedures
– National 10 Child Safe Principles

Safe Church/Ministry Policy & Procedures Implementation

– working from Safe Church/Ministry policy, through procedures, to implementation

Governance Board – Management of Persons of Concern

– provided to assist local church governance boards who are considering ministry to a Person of Concern


4 – 6 hours $900 for up to 20 people and $30 per person over 20 people  
1 – 3 hours $450 for up to 20 people and $30 per person over 20 people

Workshops include all materials

Travel costs i.e. train, tram, airfares (economy), bus, taxi, transfers, car hire, 60c/km for car travel, overnight accommodation (up to $280 per night), $80 per person per day food allowance.

Disclaimer: These publications are not legal advice. The ideas and procedures herein are based on nationally recognised good practice advice and have been written with due regard to Australian legislation March 2020.  Legal advice may need to be sought when responding to individual incidents.

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