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Basic Training

Basic training is to be completed before a person commences in a position of authority and is applicable to ministers, elders, ministry leaders and Bible study leaders, as well as those working with children or young people. Once completed the full basic training course is to be completed again every three years.  In the years in between, for those working directly with children and young people, a shorter form of training (Top-up Training) needs to also be completed.  Top-up Training should include coverage of BTS Policy, Code of Conduct and reporting procedure.

Basic Training is provided as a workbook with an accompanying DVD that has a variety of video clips. You can use this workbook individually or in a group, with or without a facilitator. The DVD and hard copies of the training workbook can be ordered from the CPU. The training workbook can also be downloaded below.



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Self-Paced Training Workbook

If you are training SRE teachers or helpers please add the Wise Ministry addendum for SRE teachers and helpers to Section 7 Wise Ministry.



Please click here to see details for upcoming BTS training sessions.


Accidents & incidents

 Accidents and incidents where a child or young person is injured on church property or during an event that the Older boychurch is running do happen from time to time.

  • Accidents are those things that are unexpected.
  • Incidents are an act that harms someone, such as bullying or fighting.

If leaders are prepared and know what to do in the event of an accident or incident then it is possible that the harm caused can be reduced. Consider:

  • the need for a leader with a First Aid Certificate or similar qualification,
  • a well stocked first aid kit,
  • access to a telephone, and
  • access to contact information for parents / carers.

Permission notes for activities, particularly those off-site, should always include specific permission for the church to seek medical help in the event of an emergency. See our sample Off-site or Travel Permission Note.

Contact the Conduct Protocol Unit on 02 9690 9325 for further information about what to do in the event of an accident or incident.

Useful links


STATISTICSMan teaching child

Child Abuse & Neglect Statistics

Quick reference contact numbers

Australian Capital Territory  ACT Community Services – 1300 556 729
New South Wales 24 hours – 132 111 for the general public FACS (DoCS) Helpline 13 3627 (or 13 DOCS for easy memory recall) for Mandatory Reporters to get priority access to a FACS Helpline Child Protection Caseworker.
Northern Territory  Child Abuse Task Force, Sexual Offences involving Children – 1800 700 250
Queensland Child Abuse Prevention Service – 07 3224 8045 or 1800 811 810 after hours Crisis Care – 07 3235 9999 or 1800 177 135
South Australia Families SA Child Abuse Report Line – 13 14 78
Tasmania  Child Protection Services – 1300 737 639
Victoria Child Protection Crisis Line – 13 12 78
Western Australia Department of Child Protection and Family Support, Crisis Care Helpline – 08 9223 1111 or 1800 199 008
Answers to commonly asked questions can be found here.

Job descriptionsTraining

Select the job description for your area of Ministry (eg youth group leader, Sunday school teacher, etc) and adapt it to suit your particular circumstances. Included here are sample descriptions for:

Youth Group Leader

Sunday School Teacher/Kids Church Leader

SRE Teacher

Childrens Ministry Coordinator

Creche Volunteer

Kids Club Registration

Kids Club Refreshment Team

Kids Club Presenter

Kids Club Leader

Kids Club Games Coordinator

Pastoral Carer

Pastoral Care Coordinator

BTS Representative

Job Desc Template

Please note that ministers and elders do not require a Job Description. The Conduct Protocol Unit is happy to help with the development of other job descriptions you may require for your ministry.  Just email your request to Jon at or phone 02 9690 9325.