Safeguarding Essentials online training module launched for clergy and volunteers

Safeguarding Essentials is a 30-minute online training module for all clergy and volunteers within the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. Employees will soon be able to access the training module on Employment Hero.

This accessible and engaging resource provides clergy and volunteers with foundational knowledge in relation to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable persons from abuse and harm.

The purpose of this training is to provide our clergy and volunteers with:

  • foundational knowledge that will help them to perform their roles
  • a clear understanding of their duty of care and of expectations with regards to safeguarding children, young people and adults from all forms of abuse and harm

This will be:

  • an annual requirement for everyone
  • possible to complete individually online

At the completion of the training:

  • participants will receive a certificate of completion
  • the parish will also receive notification that the module has been completed successfully.

How to access the training

To access the online training go to:

To login, each volunteer or clergy member will need:

  • their unique Working with Children Check ID
  • an email address

To register, clergy will need to select ‘Archdiocese of Melbourne’ from the dropdown menu as their Primary Organisation of Service.

To register, volunteers will need to select their parish from the dropdown menu as their Primary Organisation of Service.

Hosting group training sessions

For those parishes who would like to host a group session, one Working with Children Check ID is necessary to log in, and the person with that ID will receive the certificate of completion.

For the group sessions, parishes are advised to record those in attendance and set an annual reminder for completion. They may also issue certificates of completion.


Q: When I click on the URL provided to access the online training, I cannot see the Working with Children Check (WWCC) ID box where I am to sign in. How do I locate this?

A: It is likely the internet browser you are using is not up to date. You will need to download another browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Safari or Firefox).

Q: I want to better understand what my WWCC ID will be used for and how my privacy will be protected?

A: The WWCC ID is used to record who has registered and successfully completed the training. As explained on the registration page for the module, participants' privacy is protected in accordance with the CAM Privacy Policy.

If you are having difficulties accessing the online training module, you are advised to try to resolve it within your parish. However, if you continue to experience difficulties you should log a job with the IT help desk at:

Safeguarding Children and Young People: Induction Session for Clergy and Employees

This compulsory induction session is specifically designed for persons (i.e. clergy and employees) who are newly appointed to the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne to:

  • develop their awareness of and understanding of the different categories of abuse
  • equip them to respond and report child abuse and child-safety related misconduct
  • develop their knowledge of relevant child safety legislation in Victoria
  • learn about the Safeguarding Children and Young People Framework and their responsibilities within parishes, agencies and entities.

You do not require any prior knowledge in this area. The induction is pitched at an introductory level.

Next induction session dates - TBC

Safeguarding Training e-Learning Video Series

The Professional Standards Unit has developed for a range of e-learning videos for those involved in the implementation of child safe policies and procedures within a Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne parish, agency or entity. These e-learning videos are intended to provide convenient and easily accessible training.

View e-learning videos