Module 12: Providing Safe Online Ministry

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 complete this module you must 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 each of the documents: Online GroomingSocial Media PolicyPrivacy Policy

2. Read the printable workbook

 Obtain a  certificate: Please contact your presbytery office to obtain your certificate, once you have completed Module 12. 


Module 13: Practicing Shared Guardianship
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. 

Introductions for Module 13
Module 13 expected duration is 2 hours. This course is self-paced. 
There are several activities that you can complete to help you gain an understanding of your role in practicing shared guardianship. To complete this module you must read the documents Effects and Indicators of Sexual Abuse,  Traffic Lights: What is age-appropriate behaviour?, and Sexual Behaviours in Children.

1. To complete this course you must read each of the documents: Effects and Indicators of Sexual AbuseTraffic Lights, and Sexual Behaviours in Children

2. Read the printable workbook

 Obtain a  certificate: Please contact your presbytery office to obtain your certificate, once you have completed Module 13.