Who needs to take the training?
This training is for anyone called to work with children or youth. This includes:
- Stake and district presidencies, bishoprics, and branch presidencies.
- High councilors.
- Stake, district, ward, and branch Primary, Young Men, Young Women, Sunday School, and Relief Society presidencies; elders quorum presidencies.
- Secretaries, teachers, advisers, camp leaders, activity day leaders, music leaders, pianists, and others serving in positions in the Primary, Young Women, and Young Men organizations.
- Teachers of youth Sunday School and seminary classes.
How long will the training take?
This training should take about 30 minutes to complete.
How often will I need to take the training?
If you have a calling working with children or youth, you need this training every three years. You will receive an email reminder before the expiration date of your training.
Does this training apply to ministering?
“The guideline that two responsible adults be present with youth does not apply to the assignment of ministering companions. However, under the direction of their bishop, leaders should use wisdom and seek inspiration when assigning youth as companions to adults.
“Adult companions should avoid situations that might be misunderstood. They should use care regarding isolated one-on-one situations so that youth have a safe and rewarding experience with ministering. Additionally, leaders should use wisdom in not assigning youth to difficult home or family situations.
“When youth are assigned to a companion who is not a parent, leaders should confirm that parents do not object to the assignment” (General Handbook: Organizing Ministering to Meet Local Needs, 21.3, ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
Does this change the policy for interviews with youth?
“When a member of a bishopric or stake presidency or another assigned leader meets with a child, youth, or woman, he or she should ask a parent or another adult to be in an adjoining room, foyer, or hall. If the person being interviewed desires, another adult may be invited to be present during the interview. Leaders should avoid all circumstances that could be misunderstood” (General Handbook: Protecting against Misunderstandings, 31.4, ChurchofJesusChrist.org).
Will I need to take this again if I move to another ward or branch or if I am released?
No. This training is valid for three years.
Do I need to sign in to access this training?
Yes, you will need to sign in with your Church Account. If your Church Account is not linked with your Membership Record Number (MRN), you will need to update that information before completing the training or your completion will not be recorded.
To link your MRN to your Church Account, first find your MRN on your temple recommend or by asking your ward clerk or another Church leader to look it up on ChurchofJesusChrist.org or through the Member Tools app. Once you have your MRN, go to the membership section of your Church Account. For more information, visit Church Account help.
How will leaders know who needs to take the training?
Bishops and ward clerks will soon be able to view a list of members who need to complete the training in the Leader and Clerk Resources section of ChurchofJesusChrist.org. This list will be updated regularly.
As a priesthood leader, what do I need to know before extending a call?
Leaders and teachers of children and youth are asked to complete the training, if possible, within one month of being sustained.
Can anyone take this training?
Yes. In addition to those working with children and youth, parents and others are also welcome to complete the training.
If you need help setting up an account to access Church resources, see your ward or stake clerk. You can also talk to your leaders if you need access to a computer to complete the training.
If you experience issues with the training, click Feedback here or at the bottom of the page.
What if my question isn’t answered here?
Please send your question by clicking Feedback here or at the bottom of the page.
- Counseling Resources: Abuse (Help for the Victim) for Ward and Stake Leaders
- Gospel Topics: Abuse
- “Protecting Members and Reporting Abuse” (abuse.ChurchofJesusChrist.org)
Additional Resources and Information in the UK
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) - Recognising and responding to abuse
- National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) - What to do if you suspect child abuse
- UK Government - Report Child Abuse
- Victim Support - Childhood abuse