All lay workers, volunteers and helpers should complete this training.

Module 1: Safe Ministry with Children –  Mandatory Training for Lay Preachers, Volunteers, Helpers and Lay Staff.  

This course is designed to be completed by all persons, including persons under the age of 18 years.

Why training is important 

Carers, parents or guardians of children and vulnerable adults (children and adults with disabilities, the elderly, children and adults experiencing domestic and family violence, children and young people) should be able to expect the same degree of understanding of safe ministry care at all Uniting Churches in Queensland. 

 Course Information

Module 1 expected duration is 1 hour. This course is self-paced. Module 1 is the minimum mandatory training required for lay staff, volunteers, helpers, junior helpers or leaders and lay preachers.

 Completion of this course covers the behavioural expectations and mandatory reporting requirements for all staff and volunteers working or volunteering within the Uniting Church of Australia, Queensland Synod. There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role as a volunteer.

Course Eligibility Requirements

Please note that completion of Module 1 is a pre-requisite for the following modules:

  • Module 2
  • Module 6

 Instructions to Students for Module 1

1. To complete this module, you must complete the Quiz and achieve a mark of 8/10 or 80%. 
Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. 
2. Complete, print and sign the Statement of Personal Commitment. Provide a copy of this document to your church council or Safe Ministry with Children (SMC) coordinator. 

How to:

Obtain a Badge: Once you have completed this course, a Badge will be allocated automatically by Moodle. The badge will be displayed as a record on Moodle of course completion.


Module 2: Safe Ministry with Children: Core Training for Lay Preachers and Lay Workers (Module Two). 

WARNING: This course is designed to be completed by persons over the age of 18 years due to the sensitive and confronting nature of some of the material.

How to Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning

*Teachers, ministry agents, police officers, ecumenical partners or other professional people who have received child safety training, may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL), giving them an exemption for Module 2. If you meet this criteria you may complete the application form to receive RPL. 

 Applications for RPL are to be sent via email: safeministrywithchildren@ucaqld.com.au

All Applications for RPL are assessed and approved by the Safe Church Assurance and Support Officer. Once an outcome has been determined, the applicant and the presbytery are advised via email, and a scanned signed copy of the approval is provided to the applicant and the presbytery.

Why Training is Important

Carers, parents or guardians of children and vulnerable adults (children and adults with disabilities, the elderly, children and adults experiencing domestic and family violence, children and young people) should be able to expect the same degree of understanding of safe ministry care at all Uniting Churches in Queensland. It is a requirement that Module 2 is completed via face-to-face training on the first occasion, and that face-to-face training is required to occur every four (4) years* subject to social-distancing guidelines and COVID-19 restrictions. 

Course Information

Module 2 expected duration 1.5 hours. Module 2 is required to be completed by ALL lay staff and volunteers that volunteer or work with children. There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role as a volunteer. 

This training is required for lay workers in the following roles: 

  • Pastoral Care Coordinators
  • Lay Pastors, Lay Preachers
  • Boys Brigade/ Girls Brigade Leaders
  • Church Council Chairperson
  • Safe Ministry with Children (SMC) Coordinator
  • Team Leaders
  • Coordinators (eg Youth Coordinator, Worship Coordinator, Children’s Church Coordinator, Creche Coordinator, Volunteers Coordinator)
  • Compliance Officer
  • Event Coordinator (if this role includes overseeing volunteers under 18, then both Module 1, 2 and 5 are required)
  • Property Coordinator (if this role includes overseeing volunteers under 18, then both Module 1, 2 and 5 are required)
  • Presbytery Chairperson
Course Eligibility Requirements

Pre-requisite course: Either Module 1 must be completed prior to completing Module 2. Please note that completion of Module 2 is a pre-requisite for the following modules:

  • Module 3
  • Module 4
  • Module 5
  • Module 7
  • Module 12
  • Module 13
Instructions to Students for Module 2

To complete this module, you must complete the Quizand achieve a mark of 8/10 or 80%. Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed.  

How to:

Obtain a Badge: Once you have completed this course, a Badge will be allocated automatically by Moodle. The badge will be displayed as a record on Moodle of course completion.

Module 3: Overseeing Safe Ministry with Children 

WARNING: This course is designed to be completed by persons over the age of 18 years due to the sensitive and confronting nature of some of the material.

Why Training is Important

Carers, parents or guardians of children and vulnerable adults (children and adults with disabilities, the elderly, children and adults experiencing domestic and family violence, children and young people) should be able to expect the same degree of understanding of safe ministry care at all Uniting Churches in Queensland. 

 This training is required for lay workers in the following roles (if you provide an oversight role rather than direct responsibility for activities with children, or vulnerable adults):

  • Pastoral Care Coordinators
  • Lay Pastors, Lay Preachers
  • Boys Brigade/ Girls Brigade Leaders
  • Church Council Chairperson
  • Presbytery Chairperson
  • Presbytery Council members
  • Safe Ministry with Children (SMC) Coordinator
  • Team Leaders
  • Coordinators (eg Youth Coordinator, Worship Coordinator, Children’s Church Coordinator, Creche Coordinator, Volunteers Coordinator)
  • Church Council members
  • Compliance Officer
  • Safety Coordinator / WHS Officer
 Course Information

Module 3 is a self-guided session with expected duration of 15 - 30 minutes. This is a mandatory module and should be completed every 2 years. This training is for church councils and committees that oversee activities with children and vulnerable adults including Church and Presbytery Councils and any other relevant oversight body within the scope of the Safe Ministry with Children: Providing Safe Ministry Policy There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role as a volunteer. 

 Course Eligibility Requirements

Pre-requisite course: Module 2 is a pre-requisites and must be completed prior to completing Module 3.

Instructions to Students for Module 3

To complete this module, you must complete the Quiz and achieve a mark of 5/7 or 70%. 
Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. 

How to:

Obtain a Badge: Once you have completed this course, a Badge will be allocated automatically by Moodle. The badge will be displayed as a record on Moodle of course completion.


Module 4: Safe Ministry with Children – Planning Safe Programs 

WARNING: This course is designed to be completed by persons over the age of 18 years due to the sensitive and confronting nature of some of the material.

Why Training is Important

Carers, parents or guardians of children and vulnerable adults (children and adults with disabilities, the elderly, children and adults experiencing domestic and family violence, children and young people) should be able to expect the same degree of understanding of safe ministry care at all Uniting Churches in Queensland. 

 This training is required for lay workers in the following roles (if you are directly responsible for approving plans for programs and activities with children, or vulnerable adults):

  • Boys Brigade/ Girls Brigade Leaders
  • Team Leaders
  • Coordinators (eg Youth Coordinator, Worship Coordinator, Children’s Church Coordinator, Creche Coordinator, Volunteers Coordinator)
  • Safe Ministry with Children (SMC) Coordinator
  • Church Council members
  • Church Council Chairperson
  • Compliance Officer
  • Presbytery Chairperson
  • Presbytery Council members
  • Safety Coordinator / WHS Officer
Course Information

Module 4 expected duration is 1 hourSelf-Guided Session. This training module is for Lay Workers who are directly responsible for planning and approving plans for programs and activities with children and vulnerable adults eg Youth / Creche Coordinator, and any Church Council members. There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role as a volunteer. 

Course Eligibility Requirements

Pre-requisite course: Module 2 is a pre-requisite and must be completed prior to completing Module 4.

Instructions to Students for Module 4

To complete this module, you must complete the Quiz, and achieve a mark of 8/10 or 80%. 

Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. 

How to:

Obtain a Badge: Once you have completed this course, a Badge will be allocated automatically by Moodle. The badge will be displayed as a record on Moodle of course completion.

Module 5: Safe Ministry with Children – Managing People 

WARNING: This course is designed to be completed by persons over the age of 18 years due to the sensitive and confronting nature of some of the material.

Why Training is Important

Carers, parents or guardians of children and vulnerable adults (children and adults with disabilities, the elderly, children and adults experiencing domestic and family violence, children and young people) should be able to expect the same degree of understanding of safe ministry care at all Uniting Churches in Queensland. 

 This training is required for lay workers in the following roles: 

  • Pastoral Care Coordinators
  • Lay Pastors, Lay Preachers
  • Boys Brigade/ Girls Brigade Leaders
  • Church Council Chairperson
  • Safe Ministry with Children (SMC) Coordinator
  • Team Leaders
  • Coordinators (eg Youth Coordinator, Worship Coordinator, Children’s Church Coordinator, Creche Coordinator, Volunteers      Coordinator)
  • Compliance Officer
  • Event Coordinator (if this role includes overseeing volunteers under 18, then both Module 1, 2 and 5 are required)
  • Property Coordinator (if this role includes overseeing volunteers under 18, then both Module 1, 2 and 5 are required)
  • Presbytery Chairperson
  • Church Council members
  • Compliance Officer
  • Presbytery Council members
Course Information

Module 5 expected duration is 1 hourSelf-Guided Session. This training is compulsory and must be completed every 2 years. This course is for lay workers with direct responsibility for recruiting, selecting and overseeing people who will work with children and vulnerable adults eg Volunteer Coordinator; Pastoral Care Coordinator.  There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role as a volunteer. 

 Course Eligibility Requirements

Pre-requisite course: Module 2 must be completed prior to completing Module 5.

Instructions to Students for Module 5

To complete this module, you must complete the  Quiz, and achieve a mark of 8/10 or 80%. Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. 

How to:

Obtain a Badge: Once you have completed this course, a Badge will be allocated automatically by Moodle. The badge will be displayed as a record on Moodle of course completion.

Module 6: Safe Ministry with Children – Managing Registers and Records 

WARNING: This course is designed to be completed by persons over the age of 18 years due to the sensitive and confronting nature of some of the material.

Why Training is Important

Carers, parents or guardians of children and vulnerable adults (children and adults with disabilities, the elderly, children and adults experiencing domestic and family violence, children and young people) should be able to expect the same degree of understanding of safe ministry care at all Uniting Churches in Queensland. 

 The preferred platform for record-keeping for SMC is now UCare. Please have a look at the information available about UCare on the Qld Synod webpage. For more information about UCare contact: onechurchconnect@ucaqld.com.au 

 This training is required for Lay Workers in the following roles:

  • Compliance Officer
  • Admin officers (paid or volunteer)
  • Safe Ministry with Children (SMC) Coordinator
  • Safety Coordinator / WHS Officer
 Course Information

Expected duration of Module 6 is 30 – 60 minutes.  Self-Guided Session. This training is mandatory and is to be completed every two years. This training is for Church members with responsibility for managing blue card registers. There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role as a volunteer. 

Course Eligibility Requirements

Pre-requisite course: Either Module 1 or Module 14 must be completed prior to completing Module 6.

Instructions to Students for Module 6

To complete this module, you must complete the Quiz, and achieve a mark of 4/6 or 66%. Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. Please note that the Powerpoint must be viewed in order to complete this course.  The Powerpoint provides instructions for how to set up your records using UCare

How to:

Obtain a Badge: Once you have completed this course, a Badge will be allocated automatically by Moodle. The badge will be displayed as a record on Moodle of course completion.

Module 7: Safe Ministry with Children – Responding to a Person of Concern

Training for Chairpersons, POC Monitors and Others Managing a Safety Agreement or  responding to a Person of Concern

WARNING: This course is designed to be completed by persons over the age of 18 years due to the sensitive and confronting nature of some of the material.

Why Training is Important

Carers, parents or guardians of children and vulnerable adults (children and adults with disabilities, the elderly, children and adults experiencing domestic and family violence, children and young people) should be able to expect the same degree of understanding of safe ministry care at all Uniting Churches in Queensland. 

 This training is required for Lay Workers, but is also strongly recommended for Ministry Agents and persons in the following roles:

  • Presbytery Chairperson
  • Church Council Chairperson
  • Person of Concern Monitors
  • *If your role directly involves monitoring Safety Agreements for a Person of Concern 
Course Information

Expected duration of Module 7 is 1-2 hours.  This training is mandatory for the roles listed above, and is required to be completed every 2 years.  There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role.  You are strongly encouraged to complete Module 13 - Practicing Shared Guardianship (Preventing Abuse) as a companion course to Module 7. 

Course Eligibility Requirements

Pre-requisite: Module 2 is a pre-requisite to Module 7 and must be completed prior to completing module 7.  Module 13 is a companion course to Module 7. 

Instructions to Students for Module 7

1. It is a requirement that the DRAFT Person of Concern Policy, and Responding to a Person of Concern documents are viewed in order to complete this course. 

2. It is a requirement of this course, that the Printable workbook is opened and completed. 

3. To complete this module, you must also complete the  Quiz, and achieve a mark of 8/10 or 80%. Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. 

How to:

Obtain a Badge: Once you have completed this course, a Badge will automatically be allocated to you The badge will be displayed on your dashboard as a record on Moodle of course completion. 


Module 14: Refresher Training for Lay Workers Lay Preachers and Volunteers: 

This course is designed to be completed by persons over the age of 18 years.

Why Training is Important

Carers, parents or guardians of children and vulnerable adults (children and adults with disabilities, the elderly, children and adults experiencing domestic and family violence, children and young people) should be able to expect the same degree of understanding of safe ministry care at all Uniting Churches in Queensland. All people working with children and vulnerable adults are required to completed Safe Ministry with Children (SMC) training prior to commencing a role within the church; and to maintain currency of training in order to remain compliant with current legislation.  Compulsory SMC training is required to be undertaken bi-annually (every 2 years) for all Lay Workers. 

Course Information

The expected duration is 1 hour. This course is self-paced. Compulsory SMC training is required to be undertaken bi-annually (every 2 years) for Lay Workers. This refresher training is required to be completed by ALL lay staff and volunteers over the age of 18 years that volunteer or work with children. There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role as a volunteer. 

 Course Eligibility

Module 14 is a refresher course revising the information contained in both Module 1 and Module 2. In order to be eligible to complete this course, Module 1 and Module 2 MUST HAVE been completed previously *Depending upon the church or presbytery role that you hold, you may be required to complete additional modules such as Module 3,4,6 or 7 as well. 

Instructions to Students for Module 14

  1. To complete this module, you must complete the Refresher Training Quiz and achieve a mark of 8/10 or 80%. Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. 
  2. Complete, print and sign the Mandatory Reporting process for Lay Workers
  3. Complete, print and sign the Personal Statement of Commitment
  4. Provide a copy of both completed signed documents above to your presbytery

How to:

Obtain a Badge: Once you have completed this course, a Badge will automatically be allocated to you The badge will be displayed on your dashboard as a record on Moodle of course completion. 

Module 12: Providing Safe Online Ministry 

WARNING: This course is designed to be completed by persons over the age of 18 years due to the sensitive and confronting nature of some of the material.

Why Training is Important

We want each and every person to be safe and to feel safe and respected as they participate in Uniting Church activities and events. We expect all adults and leaders to work together to help make sure this happens.  Carers, parents or guardians of children and vulnerable adults (children and adults with disabilities, the elderly, children and adults experiencing domestic and family violence, children and young people) should be able to expect the same degree of understanding of safe ministry care at all Uniting Churches in Queensland. 

This same level of safety applies to all online interactions through digital media.  This short course provides strategies to safely remain connected, provide pastoral care, and discipleship through the use of digital media. 

 WARNING: This course is designed to be completed by persons over the age of 18 years due to the sensitive and confronting nature of some of the material. However copies of each of the Activities have been listed separately, are designed to be utilised by anyone, and are suitable for use by children.

Course Information

Module 12 expected duration is 2 hours. This course is self-paced. This short course provides strategies to safely remain connected, provide pastoral care, and discipleship through the use of digital media.  To assist you to complete this module  read the Privacy Policy, the Social Media Policy, and also the short booklet Online Grooming. There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role in providing safe online ministry. 

Course eligibility Requirements

Module 12 is an extension, or elective course. The following mandatory pre-requisites must be met, in order to be eligible to undertake this course: 

It is expected that Module 2 (or the relevant ministry agent module) has been completed within 2 years of undertaking Module 12. 

 Instructions to Students for Module 12

1. To complete this course you must read the printable workbook

2. Complete the Quiz and gain at least 8/10. Multiple attempts are available. 

 Obtain a  Badge: Once you have completed this course, - by obtaining at least a mark of 8/10 in the quiz,  - you will automatically receive a badge as proof of completion. 


Module 13: Practicing Shared Guardianship - preventing Abuse by using Protective Behaviours

WARNING: This course is designed to be completed by persons over the age of 18 years due to the sensitive and confronting nature of some of the material.


Why Training is Important

We want each and every person to be safe and to feel safe and respected as they participate in Uniting Church activities and events. We expect all adults and leaders to work together to help make sure this happens. This is what we mean by a culture of shared guardianship – it’s a positive culture in which everyone plays an important role.

 Our shared guardianship extends to all vulnerable persons in our communities and congregations. It’s never too early to sow the seeds of personal safety.

 This short course provides strategies on how to apply our shared guardianship role in ways that prevent sexual abuse or exploitation occurring. We support each other by teaching children, young people, parents and carers, about personal safety.

WARNING: This course is designed to be completed by persons over the age of 18 years due to the sensitive and confronting nature of some of the material. However copies of each of the Activities have been listed separately, are designed to be utilised by anyone, and are suitable for use by children. 

Course eligibility Requirements

Module 13 is an extension, or elective course. The following mandatory pre-requisites must be met, in order to be eligible to undertake this course: 

It is expected that Module 2 (or the relevant ministry agent module) has been completed within 2 years of undertaking Module 13. 

Course Information

Module 13 expected duration is 2 hours. This course is self-paced. This short course provides strategies on how to apply our shared guardianship role in ways that prevent sexual abuse or exploitation occurring. We support each other by teaching children, young people, parents and carers, about personal safety.

There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role in practicing shared guardianship. To assist you in completing this module please read the documents Effects and Indicators of Sexual Abuse,  Traffic Lights: What is age-appropriate behaviour?, and Sexual Behaviours in Children.

 Introductions to Students for Module 13

1. To complete this course you must read the printable workbook. There is also a pdf version of the Powerpoint that can be viewed or printed, to accompany the workbook. 

2. Complete the Quiz, gaining at least 80%. Multiple attempts are available. 

 Obtain a  Badge: Once you have completed this course, - by obtaining a mark of at least 8/10 in the quiz - you will automatically receive a badge as proof of completion.