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

Ministry Agent Training Modules for Facilitators: 

NOTE: Ministry Agents wishing to become a Training Facilitator must contact their presbytery to gain approval to enrol in this course. 

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 Ministry Agents are designated as 'religious representatives' under state legislation and have obligations and responsibilities additional to their obligations and responsibilities for the Uniting Church.  This course has been designed to train Facilitators to deliver the training modules required to be completed by all Ministry Agents working or volunteering within the Uniting Church. 

Course Eligibility Requirements

The following mandatory pre-requisites must be met, in order to be eligible to undertake this course: 

  1. To undertake this course, you must have obtained permission from your presbytery. 
  2. To undertake this course you must have completed all three (3) modules of Ministry Agent Training, and your training must be up to date/ current within the last 12 months. 

Instructions for Completing This Course 

The expected duration is 3 hours. This course is self-paced. There are several activities that you can complete, and a number of resources available to help you apply your knowledge and skills, to your role in Facilitating Training for Ministry Agents. 

  1. To complete this module, you must complete the Quiz and achieve a mark of 24/30 or 80%. Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. 
  2. Open and read the Mandatory Reporting  for Ministry Agents
  3. Complete, print and sign the Ministry Agent Statement of Commitment
  4. Open and read the Obligations for Ministry Agents
  5. Provide a copy of the completed signed Ministry Agent Statement of Commitment above to: safeministrywithchildren@ucaqld.com.au
  6. Provide evidence of having observed at least one full Safe Ministry with Children Training for Ministry Agents

Obtain a certificate: Competency for this course is approved by the Safe Church Assurance and Support Officer. To obtain a certificate, please provide evidence of completing/ achieving the tasks listed in 1-6 above in order to obtain competency. A certificate will be provided by the Safe Church Assurance and Support Officer once all of the conditions have been met. 

Lay Worker Modules for Facilitators:

NOTE: Persons wishing to become a Training Facilitator must contact their presbytery to gain approval to enrol in this course. 

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 or volunteering with children and vulnerable adults must complete Safe Ministry with Children (SMC) training before commencing a role and must maintain currency of training to remain compliant with legislation. This module has been designed to train Facilitators to deliver the training modules required to be completed by all Lay Workers - persons working or volunteering with children and vulnerable adults within the Uniting Church. 

Course Eligibility Requirements

The following mandatory pre-requisites must be met, in order to be eligible to undertake this course: 

  1. To undertake this course, you must have obtained permission from your presbytery. 
  2. To undertake this course you must have completed all seven (7) modules of Lay Worker Training, and your training must be up to date/ current within the last 12 months. 

Instructions For Completing This Course

The expected duration is 3 hours. This course is self-paced. There are several activities that you can complete to help you refresh your knowledge and skills, and support you in your role in Facilitating training for Lay Workers and Volunteers. 

  1. To complete this module, you must complete the Quiz and achieve a mark of 24/30 or 80%. Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. 
  2. Open and read the document Mandatory Reporting  for Lay Workers
  3. Complete, print and sign the Personal Statement of Commitment
  4. Open and read the document Obligations for Lay Workers
  5. Provide a copy of the completed signed Personal Statement of Commitment above to: safeministrywithchildren@ucaqld.com.au
  6. Provide evidence of having observed at least one full Safe Ministry with Children Training for Lay Workers. 

Obtain a certificate: Competency for this course is approved by the Safe Church Assurance and Support Officer. To obtain a certificate, please provide evidence of completing/ achieving the tasks listed in 1-6 above in order to obtain competency. A certificate will be provided by the Safe Church Assurance and Support Officer once all of the conditions have been met. 


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

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. 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.

Introductions for Module 1
Module 1 expected duration is 1 hour. This course is self-paced. 
There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role as a volunteer.
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. 

Other Course information

Module 1 is a pre-requisite course for Module 2, and must be completed prior to completing Module 2. 

 Obtain a  certificate: Please contact your presbytery office to obtain your certificate, once you have completed Module 1. 


Safe Ministry with Children: Training for Lay Preachers and Lay Workers, Module Two. 

Why Training is Important

This module is required to be completed by ALL lay staff and volunteers that volunteer or work with children. 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
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

Instructions for Module 2

Module 2 expected duration 1.5 hours. There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role as a volunteer. To complete this module, you must complete the Quizand achieve a mark of 8/10 or 80%. Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. 

Other Course Information

Pre-requisite course: 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

 Obtain a certificate: Please contact your presbytery office to obtain your certificate, once you have completed Module 2. 

Overseeing Safe Ministry with Children Self-Guided Session

Why Training is Important

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  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

Instructions for Module 3
Module 3 is a self-guided session with expected duration of 15 minutes.

There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role as a volunteer. 
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. 

Other Course Information

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

Obtain a certificate: Please contact your presbytery office to obtain your certificate, once you have completed Module 3. 

Safe Ministry with Children – Planning Safe Programs

Why Training is Important

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. 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

Instructions for Module 4

Module 4 expected duration is 1 hourSelf-Guided Session

There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role as a volunteer. 
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. 

Other Course Information

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

Obtain a certificate: Please contact your presbytery office to obtain your certificate, once you have completed Module 4. 

Safe Ministry with Children – Managing People

Why Training is Important

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.  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

Instructions for Module 5

Module 5 expected duration is 1 hourSelf-Guided Session. 

There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role as a volunteer. To complete this module, you must complete the  Quizand achieve a mark of 8/10 or 80%. Multiple attempts at the quiz are allowed. 

Other Course Information

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

 Obtain a certificate: Please contact your presbytery office to obtain your certificate, once you have completed Module 5. 

Safe Ministry with Children – Managing Registers and Records

Why Training is Important

 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. 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

Instructions for Module 6

Expected duration of Module 6 is 15 - 30 minutes.  Self-Guided Session. There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role as a volunteer. To complete this module, you must complete the Quizand 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 preferred platform for record-keeping for SMC is now UcarePlease have a look at the information available about UCare on the Qld Synod webpage

Obtain a certificate: Please contact your presbytery office to obtain your certificate, once you have completed Module 6. 


Safe Ministry with Children – Training for Chairpersons and Others Managing a Person of Concern Agreement.

Why Training is Important

This training is mandatory and is required to be completed every 2 years. This training is for Presbytery Chairpersons, Church Council Chairpersons, and individuals who are involved with managing Person of Concern (POC) Agreements. This training is required for Lay Workers, and is strongly recommended for Ministry Agents in the following roles:

  • Presbytery Chairperson
  • Church Council Chairperson
  • *If your role directly involves managing Person of Concern Agreements

Instructions for Module 7

Expected duration of Module 7 is 30 minutes.  

There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role. 

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

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. 

Other Course Information

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

Obtain a certificate: Please contact your presbytery office to obtain your certificate, once you have completed Module 7.