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. This curriculum is being developed by the National Safe Church Unit to be used in each Synod. We hope to be able to make this available before July 2021.

In the interim and with some easing of COVID -19 restrictions a number of Face to face workshops have been scheduled. These workshops address the training needs for people requiring either initial or refresher training. The Refresher training is only available for  people whose last training was within three years. Outside of three years requires attending the full course as there have been significant changes in recent years.


On Friday 9th July the Covid 19 Guidance advice from the Synod Associate Secretary was:

“Due to the close proximity of the Greater Sydney Region to the ACT, and the high transmission rate of the Delta strain, Synod highly recommends postponing all non-essential face to face contact. Zoom or live streaming is preferred wherever possible.

The safety and wellbeing of all people is a priority for the Canberra Region Presbytery and the Synod Safe Church Unit leading us to make the decision to postpone the scheduled workshop at Gungahlin Uniting Church on July 31st. The delivery of the Safe Church Awareness Training course is not possible on Zoom. It is hoped that the other scheduled courses in the Presbytery will be possible in person but very much dependent on the Covid 19 situation in August and October.

Please register for the  available training and watch for information closer to the date.

Rev Dr John Squires                            Rev Tara Curlewis
Presbytery Minister—Wellbeing       Safe Church Relationships Minister
Canberra Region Presbytery             Synod Safe Church Unit 


July 31

Gungahlin UCA

108 The Valley Ave, Gungahlin

9:30am-3:30pm SCAW 12
*Due to current Covid-19 restrictions Gungahlin training in July has been postponed
August 28

Merimbula UCA

Lake View Ave, Merimbula

10am-4pm SCAW 13
October 30

Gungahlin UCA

108 The Valley Ave, Gungahlin

9:30am-3:30pm SCAW 14


BYO Food/Lunch

Cost: Full Training - $25


If you wish to register your interest in attending training, 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.