Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. Core safeguarding training modules aim to promote a safer church across church communities from members of our congregations to our senior leaders. Whilst for some completion of safeguarding training is an expectation as we strive to achieve best practice, for others it is a mandatory requirement for the role that they fulfil. Some form of safeguarding training should take place at least once every three years.
The Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer, along with volunteer trainers from across the Diocese provide a range of training courses in safeguarding situated within the context of the Church. The courses aim to equip participants with the knowledge and skills in knowing what, when and how to report concerns and to embed healthy safeguarding practice
Everyone that fulfils a Church role is encouraged to undertake safeguarding training, the level of which is dependant upon their role. A brief overview of available courses is listed below, please contact Vicky Christophers on 01749 685149 for more information about suitable courses.
Courses are held either at The Old Deanery in Wells or within your parish, depending on numbers requesting training.
C0 – Basic Awareness
Recommended for anyone who needs a basic level of awareness of safeguarding. Now available as an online course, please follow the link below to access this course. Instructions for registering an account and logging on to the portal can be downloaded from the list at the bottom of the page. https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/
C1 – Foundation
Required for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities or who have contact with children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable and anyone who may need a DBS to carry out their role.
C1 – Foundation – 7th June 2017 (St Mary’s, Berrow, Burnham-on-Sea 9.30am – 1pm)
C2 – Leadership
Required for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or responsibility for leading activities involving children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable.
C3 – Clergy and Lay Ministers
Required for those holding a license, commission, authorisation, permission to officiate from a Bishop – Ordained or Lay.
S1 – Safer Recruitment
Suitable for anyone who has a role in recruiting staff or taking on volunteers for any church roles.
You are welcome to attend wherever you are from in the diocese, unless otherwise stated.
Courses can be arranged for evenings or weekends, depending upon the availability of participants.
Train the trainer
The train the trainer course is aimed at Parish Safeguarding Trainers who require training in the new safeguarding training materials that have recently been rolled out by the National Safeguarding Team.