Training

Are your leaders trained and equipped to ensure your community is a safe place for everyone? 

Training leaders and volunteers at induction, as well as ongoing professional development, is an important part of creating a culture of safety, running effective ministries, and developing healthy and strong leaders and teams.

CCVT works to provide Affiliates with a variety of training options throughout the year, and is happy to give referrals to external training as required. 

Consider completing some of the training options below, or for more information please contact the Safe Places Coordinator at safeplaces@churchesofchrist.org.au or 03 9488 8800.

Safe Church Awareness Workshops

Safe Church Awareness Workshops are interactive, awareness raising workshops for Church Leaders and volunteers. The workshops cover Christian foundations of safe ministry, duty of care, vulnerable people and child protection (abuse prevention), due diligence in relation to recruitment and supervision of all church leaders and the management of program risks.

CCVT recommends that all leaders and volunteers including pastors, elders, deacons, leadership teams, ministry leaders, pastoral carers, and those working with children and youth attend a Safe Church Awareness Workshop as a minimum introductory training requirement for doing ministry. Further training in their particular area of ministry is also recommended. 

This full day event is facilitated by trained presenters, hosted by local churches, and attendance is recognised by members of the National Council of Churches in Australia Safe Church Training Agreement.

Topics include:

  • Foundations and principles of a safe church
  • Protecting vulnerable people—definitions, indicators, and response procedures
  • Information about training, recruiting, and supervising safe leaders
  • How to establish and run safe environments for church ministry programs

For the full calendar of all Safe Church Awareness Workshops hosted by CCVT Affiliates, click here.

Looking for a Safe Church Awareness Workshop near you? Click here for more.

Please note: Safe Church Awareness Workshops are not suitable for people under the age of 15.

Interested in hosting a workshop at your church? Download Safe Church Awareness Workshop Host Information Sheet

Registration

To book in to this course, click here.

Safe Church Refresher Workshops

The Safe Church Refresher Workshop is recommended every three years for leaders who have previously attended a Safe Church Awareness Workshop.

Workshops are facilitated by trained presenters, hosted by local churches and attendance is recognised by members of the National Council of Churches in Australia Safe Church Training Agreement.

Topics include:

  • Relevant changes and updates to legislation, policies and procedures
  • New areas of focus and information regarding Safe Church practices
  • Review and discuss progress of implementation
  • Explore and review key issues
  • Explore practical applications

Light refreshments will be available.

Certificate of Attendance provided.

Prerequisites

Participants must have previously attended the full day Safe Church Awareness Workshop

Registration

To book in to this Refresher course, click here.

ChildSafe Online Training

The new ChildSafe M3 Online training module ‘Keeping Children and Vulnerable People Safe’ is now available to CCVT Affiliates at a reduced rate of $20.00 (normally $38.50).

ChildSafe is a harm prevention charity, that provides practical tools to helps community organisations keep children safe.  This includes the Safety Management Online (SMO) resource as well as face-to-face and online training options. Online training is a good option for organisations that don’t have resources available to facilitate training and for those leaders working with children who legitimately can’t attend limited face-to-face training schedules.

The new ChildSafe M3 online training can be accessed at the reduced rate in two ways:

For Affiliates who are subscribed to SMO: M3 replaces the old M1 and M2 online training and removes the need for the accompanying printed booklet. M3 online training is now available through your SMO site and will appear as an option when current training expires or new users are added. Team members will transition to a PayPal gateway where they will be asked to pay the reduced rate of $20.00.

For Affiliates who are not subscribed to SMO: Access the reduced rate by contacting safeplaces@churchesofchrist.org.au and requesting an M3 log in and password for each person requiring training.  Payment will be via invoice.

Risk Management

Online training for Risk Management Officers and Fire Wardens is available at www.cofcinsurance.org.au/for-members/training.

For more information about the Risk Management Redbook, click here.

First Aid

CCVT recommends St Johns First Aid for training and equipment, which can be accessed at stjohn.org.au.

CCVT recommends Mental Health First Aid Australia for training in how to recognise and support people with mental health issues. Training can be accessed at mhfa.com.au.

Food Safety

Free online training in how to handle food safely is available at dofoodsafely.health.vic.gov.au.

Elder Abuse

Free Elder Abuse online training, perfect for those who work in ministry with seniors, is available at elderabuseprevention.e3learning.com.au.

Domestic/Family Violence

Safer: A resource to help Australian churches understand, identify, and respond to domestic and family violence. www.saferresource.org.au.

CRAF: This training is designed for a wide range of people who work in contexts where they may come into contact with victims of family violence. ecraf.globalvision.com.au.