Safeguarding training modules

Safeguarding training modules

The Church of England’s Practice Guidance: Safeguarding Training and Development, published in 2019, provides a framework for safeguarding training. 

This takes into account the specific roles and context of the church from members of the congregations to senior leaders. A range of Core safeguarding training modules is a mandatory requirement for particular Church roles. 

Safeguarding training should be updated every 3 years. 

What training is available to parishes?

The national church currently offers the following modules of Safeguarding Training: 

 

Basic Awareness course

The Basic Awareness course can be completed by anyone wanting or needing a Basic Awareness of Safeguarding.  It is required to be completed by: All Church Officers and anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding module. 

You can complete the course online at The Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal
 


Follow our step by step instructions on how to login to the online courses 
 
How to access online courses

 

  1. Click ‘Online Courses’
     
  2. You will then be prompted to register:
    *Create a username and password
    *Enter your email address and confirm this
    *First name
    *Surname
    *City
    *Country
    *Diocese – selected via a drop down list
    *TEI – If not part of a training institution – please select ‘Not part of a training institution’ option 1 on the dropdown list.
     
  3. Enter the name of your church and parish (or cathedral).  If you work or volunteer in a parish and the cathedral, put both; it is important that your training is counted against the correct parish/cathedral.
     
  4. Enter your church role.  It is important that your training is counted against your role.
     
  5. The above details will then be assigned for Basic Awareness and Foundation training.
     
  6. Upon completion of this information, you will receive an email to the email address you have used to sign up; this email contains a link that must be followed to confirm your registration.
     
  7. Once confirmed, you will be able to log in using the username and password you created and complete the course.
     
  8. At the end of the course, you will be able to print a certificate and you will also receive a second email confirming your course completion.


 

Foundation course

The Foundation course builds on the learning gained on the Basic Awareness course.  It is required by: 

  • anyone holding the Bishop's Licence, Commission or permission
  • Clergy, PTO, Readers and LML's,
  • anyone in a role which involves work with children, young people or vulnerable adults,
  • churchwardens, vergers, PCC Members/Lay Chapter Members, Spiritual Directors, 
  • Pre-ordination or license students prior to BAP or selection Panel,
  • anyone going to complete any other learning module


The course is available to complete online at The Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal
 

Follow our step by step instructions on how to login to the online courses
 
How to access online courses

 

  1. Click ‘Online Courses’
     
  2. You will then be prompted to register:
    *Create a username and password
    *Enter your email address and confirm this
    *First name
    *Surname
    *City
    *Country
    *Diocese – selected via a drop down list
    *TEI – If not part of a training institution – please select ‘Not part of a training institution’ option 1 on the dropdown list.
     
  3. Enter the name of your church and parish (or cathedral).  If you work or volunteer in a parish and the cathedral, put both; it is important that your training is counted against the correct parish/cathedral.
     
  4. Enter your church role.  It is important that your training is counted against your role.
     
  5. The above details will then be assigned for Basic Awareness and Foundation training.
     
  6. Upon completion of this information, you will receive an email to the email address you have used to sign up; this email contains a link that must be followed to confirm your registration.
     
  7. Once confirmed, you will be able to log in using the username and password you created and complete the course.
     
  8. At the end of the course, you will be able to print a certificate and you will also receive a second email confirming your course completion.

 

 

Leadership course

The Leadership course is required for those people who play a lead role in shaping the culture of the Church body concerned.  They will always include: 

  • All Clergy holding the Bishop's Licence, commission, authorisation or permission (can include PTO's if their role meets leadership criteria), 
  • Honorary/Assistant Bishops and Chaplains, 
  • All readers and licensed Lay Ministers holding the Bishops Licence (can include readers with PTO's if their role meets leadership criteria),
  • Non-executive members of Chapter (unless their role in the Diocese requires a higher level),
  • Safeguarding Officers/Leads in all Church bodies,
  • Teaching Staff at Theological Education Institutions who are delivering the Leadership pathway


It should also include such other people who significantly influence the culture of that Church body.  These may include for example - lay ministry staff employed by a PCC or Bishops Mission Order, locally appointed leaders of new worshipping communities, focal ministers. 

Prior to completing Leadership Training participants should complete or have completed the Basic and Foundation course online.

This training is delivered by the Safeguarding Team via zoom. Please note that before the zoom training there is some pre-course preparation and reading to complete:
 

  1. Completing a workbook and returning this to the trainer four working days prior to the first of the two virtual sessions via Zoom.
  2. Attending the first virtual session via Zoom
  3. Completing a reflection on a psalm and a case study prior to attending the second Zoom session
  4. Completion of a reflection and watching a 2 hour documentary after the second Zoom session.

A reading list of relevant policies and some other sources is also provided, the reading is not a requirement however attendees are encouraged to develop their knowledge by use of these resources. 


Book a course: To see all current available dates please visit our Events and Training page

** Please note you are required to attend both of the two Zoom sessions for a particular course, these dates are not interchangeable.  You only need to book once to have a place on both Zoom sessions. Please do not book on behalf of others, as the preparation documents and Zoom session links will be sent to the email address supplied in the booking.

 

Safer Recruitment and People Management

This course explores the scope of safer recruitment procedures in the church context for all paid staff and volunteers.

This course is now available online via the Church of England Safeguarding Portal: The Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal 

Those required to undertake the training are as follows

  • Line managers and anyone involved in the recruitment of Church Officers (employees, elected members, and volunteers).
  • Those with responsibility for administering DBS.
  • Safeguarding Officers in all Church bodies.
  • Ordinands during IME 1.


In addition to those required to complete the training, the course can be undertaken by any church officer to enable them to understand safer recruitment and people management within the Church.

**Please note: If your role is included in the list above and you have previously undertaken Safer Recruitment (S1) as a stand-alone course or incorporated as part of the Leadership (C2) or Clergy and Lay Ministers (C3) safeguarding modules, you will need to complete this brand new online training.

Follow our step by step instructions on how to login to the online courses
 
How to access online courses
  1. Click ‘Online Courses’
     
  2. You will then be prompted to register:
    *Create a username and password
    *Enter your email address and confirm this
    *First name
    *Surname
    *City
    *Country
    *Diocese – selected via a drop down list
    *TEI – If not part of a training institution – please select ‘Not part of a training institution’ option 1 on the dropdown list.
     
  3. Enter the name of your church and parish (or cathedral).  If you work or volunteer in a parish and the cathedral, put both; it is important that your training is counted against the correct parish/cathedral.
     
  4. Enter your church role.  It is important that your training is counted against your role.
     
  5. The above details will then be assigned for Basic Awareness and Foundation training.
     
  6. Upon completion of this information, you will receive an email to the email address you have used to sign up; this email contains a link that must be followed to confirm your registration.
     
  7. Once confirmed, you will be able to log in using the username and password you created and complete the course.
     
  8. At the end of the course, you will be able to print a certificate and you will also receive a second email confirming your course completion.

 

 

Modern Slavery Awareness 

In conjunction with The Clewer Initiative - the Church of England's Modern Slavery awareness-raising initiative  - the Church of England has created two online courses around the issue of Modern Slavery.

You can complete this course via The Church of England Safeguarding Portal and then the course can be found under 'Additional Resources'
 

Follow our step by step instructions on how to login to the online courses
 
How to access online courses
  1. Click ‘Online Courses’
     
  2. You will then be prompted to register:
    *Create a username and password
    *Enter your email address and confirm this
    *First name
    *Surname
    *City
    *Country
    *Diocese – selected via a drop down list
    *TEI – If not part of a training institution – please select ‘Not part of a training institution’ option 1 on the dropdown list.
     
  3. Enter the name of your church and parish (or cathedral).  If you work or volunteer in a parish and the cathedral, put both; it is important that your training is counted against the correct parish/cathedral.
     
  4. Enter your church role.  It is important that your training is counted against your role.
     
  5. The above details will then be assigned for Basic Awareness and Foundation training.
     
  6. Upon completion of this information, you will receive an email to the email address you have used to sign up; this email contains a link that must be followed to confirm your registration.
     
  7. Once confirmed, you will be able to log in using the username and password you created and complete the course.
     
  8. At the end of the course, you will be able to print a certificate and you will also receive a second email confirming your course completion.

 


Key Contacts

Greg Barry

Lead Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Get in touch

 
Caroline Smith

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Get in touch
 

Anthony Glockling

Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser

Get in touch

 
Alison Jones

Safeguarding Administrator 

Get in touch