Safeguarding Essentials online training module for clergy, parish staff and volunteers
Safeguarding Essentials is a 30-60 minute online training module for all clergy, parish staff and volunteers within the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. This accessible and engaging online resource provides clergy, parish staff and volunteers with foundational knowledge in relation to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable persons from abuse and harm.
Clergy and parish staff will be required to complete the training on an annual basis.
Volunteers will be required to complete the training every 3 years.
The Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct has now been embedded into the training module dashboard to be read and signed by each individual. The frequency with which clergy, staff and volunteers are required to sign the Safeguarding Children and Young People Code of Conduct has now been aligned with the renewal timeframe for the Safeguarding Essentials online training module, as noted above.
At the completion of the training:
How to access the training
To access the online training go to: www.safeguarding.melbournecatholic.org
To login, you will need:
Upon registration you will be asked to identify your role within the parish i.e. a member of clergy, parish staff or volunteer.
Visit our FAQs page to find answers to common questions about the Safeguarding Essentials online training module.
Hosting group training sessions
Parishes who would like to host a group session, only 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 the following information for each participant:
A PowerPoint version of the online training and an attendance sheet template is now available for parishes to use. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or your regional safeguarding officer to obtain a copy.
Please note, the PowerPoint version does not include audio narration, and parishes will be required to facilitate the training.
The PowerPoint version can be saved as a PDF document and distributed to participants as a hard copy, if desired.
Group session records
Please note that the Safeguarding Unit is working closely with the IT team to create a Guidance manual for safeguarding features in PACEM. We will notify parishes when this is available.