Courses - Safeguarding

Church of England National Safeguarding Training Requirements

In 2017 the House of Bishops published the Safeguarding Training and Development Practice Guidance for those undertaking any role paid or unpaid within the Church of England.  

The training is divided into Core Modules C0-C4 and Specialist Modules S1 -S7.

C0 – basic awareness is mandatory for anyone who is required to attend C1 -C4.

C0 is also recommended for those who need a basic awareness of safeguarding. C0 is an online course but can also be delivered in groups.

C1 foundation is also an online course and again can be delivered in groups.

C2 leadership and C3 clergy and lay ministers are delivered face to face and are provided by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.

C4 is for senior staff and is delivered by the National Safeguarding Team.

Details of how to access the on-line courses and the dates for the face to face courses are below.

The training is progressive therefore anyone who needs to attend C2 must have undertaken C0 and C1. Anyone who needs to attend C3 needs to have undertaken C0 and C1 and attended C2. This should ideally happen in order, but it is not imperative. Senior staff must attend and undertake all the Core Modules.

The courses are valid for three years and a refresher course C5 is currently being developed by the National Safeguarding Team.

If you want to deliver C0 or C1 in groups, please speak to Greg Barry.

At present only S1 Safer Recruitment and S3 Domestic Abuse have been published. In this Diocese S1 is combined with C3 and C2. We are hoping to deliver some S1 courses later this year and it is planned that S3 will be delivered at least once in each Archdeaconry in 2019.

As the training is approved by the National Safeguarding Team it is portable between Diocese and church institutions. As certificates are issued for each of the courses an individual should be able to provide details of the courses they have undertaken when they join the Diocese. Training by other providers is not recognised by the Church of England therefore there is no alternative to attending the training.

Guide to Core Modules

C0  Basic Awareness Online Training

Recommended for anyone who needs a basic level of awareness of safeguarding.

It is mandatory that C0 training is undertaken prior to undertaking C1, C2 and C3.


C1 Foundation safeguarding training

Required for any workers and volunteers who have safeguarding responsibilities or who have contact with children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable.


C2 Leadership safeguarding training

Required for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or responsibility for leading activities involving children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable.

Saturday 23/06/2018 at St John’s Centre, St John the Baptist, Wrotham Road, Meopham DA13 0AA Book here
Registration 9.30, session 10.00 – 13.00

Wednesday 04/07/2018 at St Edmund’s Church Living Well, St Edmund’s Road, Dartford DA1 5ND Book here
Registration 9.30, session 10.00 – 13.00

Monday 16/07/18 at St Philip’s Church, Birken Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN2 3TE Book here
Registration 13.00, session 13.30 – 16.30

Tuesday 07/08/18 at Christ Church, 40 Lubbock Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5JJ Book here
Registration 9.30, session 10.00 – 13.00

Thursday 23/08/18 at Christ Church, 40 Lubbock Road, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5JJ Book here
Registration 18.30, session 19.00 – 22.00

Saturday 29/09/18 at Diocesan Offices, Boley Hill, Rochester ME5 1SL Book here
Registration 09.30, session starts 10.00 finishes 13.00 hrs.

Thursday 04/10/18 at St Peter’s Church, College Road, Hextable BR8 7RH Book here
Registration 13.00, session 13.30 – 16.30

Monday 15/10/18 at St Margaret’s Church, High Street, Rainham ME8 8AN Book here
Registration 13.00, session 13.30 – 16.30

Tuesday 06/11/18 at All Saints’ Church, Bark Hart Road, Orpington BR6 0QD Book here
Registration 10.00, session 10.30 – 13.30

Wednesday 21/11/18 at The Anglican and Methodist Church of St Andrew, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Kent, TN12 6DZ Book Here
Registration 18.15, session 18.45 – 21.45

Thursday 06/12/18 at St John’s Centre, St John the Baptist, Wrotham Road, Meopham DA13 0AA Book here
Registration 13.00, session 13.30 – 16.30

If the above events are fully booked and you wish to be added to the waiting list in case of a cancellation please email alison.jones@rochester.anglican.org. Please be aware that being on a waiting list does not guarantee a place on that course. We highly recommend to still book on another suitable date.


C3 Clergy and Lay Ministers Safeguarding Training

Required for those workers and volunteers holding a license, commission, authorisation, permission to officiate from a Bishop – Ordained and Lay.

C3 Clergy and Lay Ministers Safeguarding Training

Saturday 28/07/18 Diocesan Offices, Boley Hill, Rochester ME5 1SL Fully booked

Wednesday 19/09/18 St Edmund’s Church Living Well, St Edmund’s Road, Dartford DA1 5ND Fully booked

Saturday 10/11/2018 St John’s Centre, St John the Baptist, Wrotham Road, Meopham DA13 0AA Book here

Timings; registration 09.30, session starts 10.00 finishes 15.30 hrs. Lunch is not provided

If the above events are fully booked and you wish to be added to the waiting list in case of a cancellation please email alison.jones@rochester.anglican.org. Please be aware that being on a waiting list does not guarantee a place on that course. We highly recommend to still book on another suitable date.




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