Safeguarding Training

COVID-19 and Training

All safeguarding training has been cancelled until the end of May 2020 and, like everyone, we are awaiting the Government decision on when life can return to normal. The Diocese has taken the difficult decision to furlough Susanne from the 20th February until the end of May (although this may be extended) so she will be unable to book any training until she is back to work. Susanne will have no access to email or telephone during the time she is furloughed. Basic awareness and Foundation training can be done online via this link:

The National Safegurding Team have been looking at virtual training options but there are no options available for Leadership or Specialist courses at this time.

As you can imagine, there will be a huge demand for Leadership Training when the training starts up again and it will be the only course available to book to help clear the backlog. Any courses that were cancelled as a result of Covid-19 will be honoured and re booked on Susanne’s return.  Thank you for your patience.

Please note, where a member of clergy or church officer has not been able to undertake the appropriate safeguarding training because of cancellations due to the virus, this constitutes a cogent reason why the House of Bishops guidance to have due regard to the need for safeguarding training to be completed for certain roles, has not been followed. In other words, it is acceptable for clergy to continue to minister and church officers to undertake their roles, if they have either not done the training or not completed further training within the required time period, due to the impact of the virus. Records should be kept of who this applies to, to demonstrate the cogent reason, and they should attend the training as soon as possible when available.

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. You can find the latest safeguarding training and development practice guidance on the Church of England website.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer, Susanne Disney, 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 dependent upon their role. A brief overview of available courses is listed below, please email the safeguarding team  for more information about suitable courses or if you wish to request a training course in your local area.

Courses 2020 (all courses postponed until end of May 2020)

Courses are held across the diocese and dates will be published on this page as they are arranged throughout the year. You will be able to book courses via this page as well as a ‘book the trainer’ option to allow you to arrange training locally to you at a time that suits your Parish.

Forthcoming courses can be found on the right hand side of this page or view all the forthcoming safeguarding training courses on the event calendar.

Book The Trainer

Dates will be available for you to request Susanne to come to your parish and deliver training for you when social distancing has been removed. Dates will be published here.  When requesting training please include the location, what course you would like and times. Susanne is willing to train in the evenings up until 9.30 p.m. Please email Susanne who will answer all emails on her return to work.

Basic Awareness (Previously C0)

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

Foundation (Previously C1)

You must complete a Basic Awareness course before requesting a Foundation Course.

This course gives you a deeper understanding of Safeguarding in a Church context and is a requirement for those who have safeguarding responsibilities or those who have contact with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults. If you require a DBS to carry out your role then you must also complete this training.

There are a number of options for this training, if you are renewing your Foundation Training or you are going to also be completing Leadership training then this course can be done online using the link above. Those that are doing the training for the first time and this is the highest level required must complete a face to face training session.

Leadership (Previously C2)

You must complete a Basic Awareness and a Foundation Course before requesting a Leadership Course.

This course gives you the tools required deal with Safeguarding concerns following Church of England Policy and Procedures and delves deeper into the Safeguarding within the Church. This course is a requirement for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or those leading activities involving children, young people and/or vulnerable adults.

This course has replaced the C3 training and is a requirement for all Clergy.


You must renew your training every 3 years, you only have to renew the highest level of training you have completed.

Safer Recruitment

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

Responding to Domestic Abuse

This course enables participants to gain insight into the nature of domestic abuse, the churches response, how it impacts on children and what we can do about it.

Parish Safeguarding Officer Induction

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


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