Safe Church Training

We provide Safe Church training to all Uniting Church Ministry leaders and Church Council representatives so they can maintain safe places and programs, and to congregation Safe Church Persons.

Face-to-Face Training

The Safe Church Awareness training is in the process of transitioning to a new self directed online curriculum. The National Safe Church Unit has developed the child safeguarding content and the Synod is developing content ensuring we continue to equip people with a wholistic approach to Safe People, Safe Leaders and Safe Environments.

Covid 19 has proven very challenging in scheduling in person workshops. As important as the training is, the safety and wellbeing of participants remains a priority for the Synod Safe Church Unit. We continue to work with accredited presenters to assess the situation and identify training opportunities across the Synod.

Face to Face training delivers the NCCA Safe Church Program accredited course. This is ecumenical training recognised by churches across Australia.





Course Number

 4 February 2023 Broken Hill  TBA  SCAW 23/04
18 February 2023 Thornleigh-Hillcrest Uniting Church 9:30am - 4:00pm SCAW 23/05
 25 February 2023 Penrith Uniting Church 9:30am - 4:00pm SCAW 23/06
4 March 2023 Gerringong Uniting Church 9:30am - 4:00pm SCAW 23/07
25 March 2023 Mudgee Uniting Church 9:30am - 4:00pm SCAW 23/08
6 May 2023 Pittwater Uniting Church 9:30am - 4:00pm SCAW 23/09



BYO Food/ lunch and a Face Mask

Cost: Full Training - $25

Registration is required as training is capped to 50 participants. Once you are registered, your registration is non-transferrable. To be ensured a place click on the REGISTER button below.



The following groups of people must do Safe Church Training

  • All ordained ministers or individuals engaged as religious leaders or spiritual officers irrespective of whether they are involved in working directly with children or not
  • All other holders of Working With Children Checks (NSW) or Working With Vulnerable people checks (ACT). This will include:
    • Leaders of church-run programs/events with direct contact with children whether they are paid or work on a volunteer basis
    • Church Council members and elders
    • Safe Church contact Person

If you need to know more information about training email: 

Yes. Any Uniting Church member of a faith community, congregation or presbytery can request to attend Safe Church training.


Training is conducted through Safe Church Awareness Workshops. For those required to undergo training, this involves an initial workshop followed by a refresher course every 3 years.

The Safe Church Awareness Zoom course is followed up by a face to face refresher in 12 months.

The training covers duty of care, child protection, protecting vulnerable people, understanding and responding to abuse including reporting, safe leadership, recruitment and supervision practices and relevant policies and procedures.

The Uniting Church, along with a number of other churches are party to the Safe Church Training Agreement (SCTA). The Safe Church Training Agreement (SCTA) facilitates quality, sustainable, accessible, safe church workshops for local church leaders. The SCTA is an initiative of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

The following online courses are endorsed by the SCTA and are therefore endorsed as alternatives to Safe Church Training provided by the Uniting Church. The course content will be consistent with ours. Please ensure you submit your certificate from these courses to the congregation or agency which requires you to do the training. The fee for these courses is similar to the cost of UCA face to face training.

The Lutheran Churchwide

Professional Standards Department presents this Safe Church Level 1 online training. Register here. This online training via iLearn will comprise of three sessions:

  • Session 1 - Standards of Ethical Behaviour
  • Session 2 - Introduction to Safety Management
  • Session 3 - Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults

Anglican Church

Online Training Courses. Register here.

Baptist Churches of NSW & ACT

Online Training Courses. Register here.