Safeguarding Training

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. If you wish to request a training course in your local area, please download and complete the booking request form at the bottom of the page. A response to your request for training will usually be given within 3 days of the receipt of the form.

Courses 2017

Courses are held either at The Old Deanery in Wells or within your parish, depending on numbers requesting training. If you would like a course to be delivered in your local area, please complete the course booking request form, which you will find at the bottom of this page.

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 – 12th July 2017 (Christ Church, Nailsea, BS48 1RT 1pm – 3.30pm)

C1 – Foundation – 13th July 2017 (Old Deanery, Wells 6pm for 6.30pm start – 9pm)

C1 – Foundation – 20th July 2017 (Old Deanery, Wells, 6pm for 6.30pm start – 9pm)

C1 – Foundation – 31 July 2017 (Old Deanery, Wells 9.30am for 10am start – 1pm)

C1 – Foundation – 20th September 2017 (Locking Castle Church, Jasmine Way, Weston-super-Mare BS24 7JW 6.30pm for 7pm start – 9pm)

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.

C2 – Leadership – 27th September 2017 (Old Deanery, Wells – 9.30am for 10am start – 1pm) followed by S1 – Safer Recruitment ( 1.30pm – 4pm)

C2 – Leadership – 5th October 2017 (Old Deanery, Wells 6pm for 6.30pm start – 9pm)

C3 – Clergy and Lay Ministers

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

4th October 2017 (The Bishops Palace, Wells – 9.30am for 10am start – 4pm), by invitation only.

2018 dates to be announced shortly.

S1 – Safer Recruitment

Suitable for anyone who has a role in recruiting staff or taking on volunteers for any church roles.

S1 – Safer Recruitment – 13th October 2017 (Old Deanery, Wells 9.30am for 10am start – 12.30pm)

Parish Safeguarding Person Induction

An introductory session for new Parish Safeguarding Officers which explores the role, relevant policy, guidance and processes and sources of support.

Parish Safeguarding Person Induction – 6th July 2017 (Old Deanery, Wells – 9.30am for 10am start – 1pm)

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.

Who to contact

  • Victoria Christophers

    Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer

    Tel: 01749 685149

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