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

Ministry Agent Training Modules for Facilitators: All people working with children 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 Ministry Agents working or volunteering within the Uniting Church. Completion of this course requires that the documents: Obligations for Ministry AgentsMandatory Reporting Process for Ministry Agents; and Ministry Agent Statement of Commitment all be viewed. Additionally, all of the Tip Sheets must be viewed in order to complete the course. The Ministry Agent Powerpoint for Initial Facilitator Training should be completed, along with the Ministry Agent Quiz for Facilitators.  Please discuss with your church council and Presbytery if you wish to complete training to become a Training Facilitator. 

Lay Worker Modules for Facilitators:

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. Completion of this course requires that the documents: Mandatory Reporting Process for Lay WorkersObligations for lay staff and volunteers; and Personal Statement of Commitment must all be viewed. Additionally, all of the Tip Sheets and Important Documents must be viewed in order to complete the course. The Lay Worker Powerpoint for Initial Facilitator Training should be completed, along with the Lay Worker Quiz for Facilitators. Please discuss with your church council and Presbytery if you wish to complete training to become a Training Facilitator. 


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

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 expected duration is 1 hour. This course is self-paced. A mark of 8/10 or 80% is required to complete Module 1.  Multiple attempts are allowed. This module can be completed online via the Module 1 Activity or Module 1 Quiz, or the workbooks can be printed and used separately.

Module 1 is a pre-requisite course for Module 2, and must be completed prior to completing Module 2. The important documents: Mandatory Reporting Process for Lay Workers; and Statement of Personal Commitment must be viewed in order to complete this course. 

This is the 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.   


Safe Ministry with Children: Training for Lay Preachers and Lay Workers, Module Two. This module is required to be completed by ALL lay staff and volunteers that volunteer or work with children. Module 2 expected duration 1.5 hours. This module can be completed online via the Module 2 Quiz, or the workbooks can be printed and used separately. A minimum mark of 8/10 or 80% is required to pass this Module. Multiple attempts are allowed. 

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

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

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


Overseeing Safe Ministry with Children Self-Guided Session Module 3 is a self-guided session with expected duration of 15 minutes. 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. Completion of this course occurs via the Module 3 Quiz, the Activity, or the workbook can be printed and completed separately. 

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

This is a mandatory module and should be completed every 2 years. 

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


Safe Ministry with Children – Planning Safe Programs 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. This course can be completed either via the Activity, the Module 4 Quiz, or the workbook can be printed and completed separately. 

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

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


Safe Ministry with Children – Managing People Module 5 expected duration is 1 hour. Self-Guided Session. This module can be completed online via the Module 5 Quiz, or Module 5 Activity, or the workbooks can be printed and used separately. A minimum mark of 8/10 or 80% is required to pass this Module. Multiple attempts are allowed. 

This training is compulsory and must be completed every 2 years.

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

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

Safe Ministry with Children – Managing Registers and Records Expected duration of Module 6 is 15 - 30 minutes.  Self-Guided Session.This course can be completed via the Module 6 Activity, the Module 6 Quiz, or the workbook can be printed and completed separately. Please note that the Powerpoint must be viewed in order to complete this course. 

 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


Safe Ministry with Children – Training for Chairpersons and Others Managing a Person of Concern Agreement. Expected duration of Module 7 is 30 minutes.  This module can be completed via the Quiz, the Activity, or the workbook can be printed and completed separately. It is a requirement that the Person of Concern Policy, and Developing a Safety Agreement documents are viewed in order to complete this course. All relevant documents are located in the Important Documents section. 

This training is mandatory and is required to be completed every 2 years. 

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

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 in the following roles:

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