Safe Ministry Resources
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Safe Ministry Resources
HELPLINE 1800 070 511
Safe Ministry Resources
HELPLINE 1800 070 511


To maximise training opportunities, SMR has an online option provided through ‘Open Learning’ 

Safe Ministry training online 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.

SMR provides 3 levels of online training.

Induction Training for Senior Leaders

This course is 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
– policies and procedures
– National 10 Child Safe Principles

Refresher Training

For those who have completed an Induction course (either face to face or online) three years ago and require:
– a review of key concepts 
– updating of legislation
– an opportunity to reflect on Safe Ministry implementation
– National 10 Child Safe Principles

Volunteer’s Essential Training

To train volunteers in relation to: 
– child protection policy and Safe Ministry concepts
– boundaries, codes of conduct, and duty of care
– identifying and responding to concerns about harm
– National 10 Child Safe Principles


SMR Safe Ministry Induction is available for churches and Christian organisations that are independent, meaning there is not a denomination/diocese/larger organisation that has oversight of Safe Ministry prevention and response responsibilities.

Safe Ministry training online has been customised for our regular clients

Below are links to ACC Safer Churches and Anglican Safe Ministry courses.

If you have any questions or comments you can email them to [email protected]


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 Safe Ministry Resources Pty Ltd (SMR)

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.  

Safe Ministry Resources can also provide customisation services to your organisation for the implementation of the Safe Community Framework.

The Safe Ministry/Community Framework is developed and owned by Safe Ministry Resources Pty Ltd. It is freely available to organisations to use and adapt with permission. Please contact us at [email protected] to seek permission. 

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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