Safe Church Training Courses

Safe Environments– our community response to child abuse and neglect

The Uniting Church has for many years offered the opportunities for members of our Uniting Church community to participate in training to understand their legal obligation of Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect.

Courses are held as needed in venues around the state.

Please note that all training is on hold due to COVID-19 risk managment measures

See training-dates page for upcoming dates.


Safe Enviroments- Through their Eyes: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect

Any person who is an employee of, or volunteer in, an organisation formed for religious or spiritual purposes (i.e. the church) are obliged by law to notify the Department for Child Protection (formerly Families SA) if they suspect on reasonable grounds that a child/young person has been or is being abused or neglected and the suspicion is formed in the course of the person's work (whether paid or voluntary) or in carrying out official duties.

Notification to the Child Abuse Report Line (13 14 78) must be made of that suspicion as soon as practicable after he or she forms the suspicion.

Part of the church's ongoing best practices is to provide training opportunities for people to understand their legal responsibility for Reporting Child Abuse & Neglect.

Training “Safe Environments – Through their eyes”

The training course is the standard accredited package and the trainers are all approved by the department to deliver this content. Please note – this is not the DECD RAN version of the course.

Full 1 day (7 modules) and ½ day Refresher sessions are delivered.

The training covers:

  • What is child abuse and neglect?
  • How to identify it
  • Why, when and how to make a notification
  • How to respond, support and protect a child or young person who has been abused

Refresher training is also offered for those who have participated in training previously and it has been 3 years since last participating. If you have not participated in a training session for a period greater than 4-5 years then attendance is recommended at the full course.

Length of full day: 7 modules, commencing at 9.30am and finishing by 5.00pm.

Participants are expected to attend the whole training session.
Scheduled breaks are provided for lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

Refreshers include a summary of the 7 modules and focus on current best practice issues. 3 hours with a refreshment break. Can be held on weekend and week nights.

Who should attend?

This is educative awareness training for anyone who has contact with children and vulnerable people.
E.g. Ministers, Leaders of Sunday School, Youth Group, Pastoral Carers / visitors, Crèche, Childcare, Playgroup, etc,.

The course is open to anyone who would like to understand their legal obligation. It is a requirement that those in placements/positions and in specified ministries/leadership roles will participate and complete training in this field once every three years.

The full day course includes assessment activities. A Certificate of Attendance is posted to all participants after the course.

Courses are conducted around the state and are either hosted by the Presbytery, Synod or by individual Congregations.

Okay, so I want to attend a course...

Look at the listed courses on the training dates page

and see if there is one near you. You can then select the appropriate date and book and pay online.  (All bookings must be done before the event)

Can our church host one?

Congregations are invited to host a course when they have a number of participants and then can open up the remaining places to others. If your congregation would like to do this, please contact the to coordinate with dates and availability of trainers and associated costs.

Group size: minimum 12 - maximum 25 people.

Called to Care Orientation Sessions

For our ministry to be effective we need to incorporate safe and best practices in leadership, in our programs, our actions, our behaviours and within our facilities.

Called to Care promotes and assists the Uniting Church community with relevant information about ensuring a safe physical, emotional and spiritual environment for us all.

Called to Care orientation sessions are now being offered around the state. Key congregational office holders and key leaders will gather to explore what it means to create a safe community.

Called to Care is people centred when considering:

  • Pastoral care
  • Risk management for People and Property
  • Healthy governance
  • Up to date employment/volunteer practices

Safe Environments – Through their eyes: Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect Training will continue to be conducted separately and compliments this program

Please check the  training dates calendar now for opportunities to participate.

If your church would like to host a session in 2019, please contact:

Code of Ethics Training

Code of Ethics refresher sessions are provided for Ministers and those in ministry placements. Participation in Code of Ethics Refreshers is required every year following completion of the full Code of Ethics “The Essentials” course (run by UCLT).

Please check the training dates calendar now for opportunities to participate in refreshers or visit UCLT for details of the Essentials course>