The Safe Place Services eLearning Environment involves activities that require your participation, including watching short videos, reading policies, reflecting on your own experience and completing quizzes. The learning is self-paced. You can take a break as needed. You can take up to six weeks to complete the first six modules on line. The seventh module can then be completed either in face to face learning (where available) or by webinar.
After completing each of the six online modules of ‘Safe Church Awareness Training,’ participants will receive a local safe church checklist to enable ongoing auditing and monitoring of their local church processes and practices. The seventh and last module will bring all the theoretical learning and audit process together.
Upon completion, participants will receive a certificate of participation. A refresher course is required every three years and the system is able to remind participants when this is due. The Conference will also be able to request a report at any time on who has completed training/ who is due for training.
This training (online or face to face) should be completed by anyone who works with children – either on a paid or voluntary basis. It is required for those in church leadership roles and those who hold a position in the local church.
There has been an urgent need for a solution for effective training and education for all our conferences in Australia in relation to ‘Safe Church Training’. This is because:
1. The Safe Environments Policy accepted by all local conferences requires that Safe Church Awareness Training be provided.
2. Part of our legal requirements as an organisation is to provide ongoing training in the area of safe places to ensure our employees and volunteers are aware of the latest policies, process and strategies to keep our churches safe.
3. Church audits by government authorities will commence January 2017. In preparation, the training is only one of the things that will need to be completed this year.
There is no limit to the type of training that can be added to the eLearning environment and it can co-exist and complement other modalities of safe church training currently provided. You can access the site at http://elearning.safeplaceservices.org.au/. The first course available is the ‘Safe Church Awareness Training’. Anyone (16 years and over) can set up an account, without cost, with the access key “S@fe” (case sensitive). Should you need more information, email: eLearning.firstname.lastname@example.org
The on-line Safe Church Training is now officially recognised by the Australian Union Conference and has been endorsed by the Victorian Conference. It’s good news that those who have completed a Safe Church Awareness Workshop face to face are not required to complete the on-line training until a refresher course is due.
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