Safeguarding Training

The Church of England requires everyone who has a role as a volunteer, worker or officer to attend safeguarding training every three years. You can read The Church of England's safeguarding learning and development framework here

Download a guide to safeguarding training for parish roles here

How to Complete Training

(for who needs to do what scroll down to find your role)

1. Basic Safeguarding Awareness (approx 75 minutes)

2. Safeguarding Foundations (approx 90 minutes)

Complete online on at The Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal

Our Guide to Using the Portal is here

3. Safeguarding Leadership Pathway

Book to attend a Zoom session here 

Download your Safeguarding Leadership Participant Workbook here

Download our Zoom FAQs for safeguarding training here

Download a copy of the Safeguarding Leadership Presentation here

4. Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse

Complete online at The Church of England Safeguarding Training Porta

5. Safe Practice in Pastoral Ministry (optional)

Book to attend a Zoom session here

6. Safer Recruitment & People Management (approx 90-120 minutes)

Complete online on at The Church of England Safeguarding Training Portal

7. Safer Recruitment in The Church of England - Birmingham Induction

Download a copy of the presentation here

8. Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator Induction

Book to attend a session here

9. Safeguarding Commissioned Pastoral Team Member Pathway

Book to attend a session here

Download the commissioned pastoral team member pathway participant workbook here

Download the commissioned pastoral team member presentation here

 

Clergy, Readers, Licensed Ministers, Ordained Local Ministers

... must complete:

1. Basic Safeguarding Awareness

2. Safeguarding Foundations

3. Safeguarding Leadership Pathway - renewal every three years

4. Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse - renewal every three years

5. Safe Practice in Pastoral Ministry (optional)

Area Deans, Incumbents, Priests-in-Charge,Team Vicars and other roles involved in appointing employees and volunteers must also complete:

6. Safer Recruitment & People Management- renewal every three years

 

Commissioned Pastoral Team Members

... must complete: 

1. Basic Safeguarding Awareness

2. Safeguarding Foundations

3. Safeguarding Commissioned Pastoral Team Member Pathway - renewal every three years

4. Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse - renewal every three years

 

Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators

... must complete:

1. Basic Safeguarding Awareness

2. Safeguarding Foundations

3. Safeguarding Leadership Pathway - renewal every three years

4. Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse - renewal every three years

5. Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator Induction 

6. Safer Recruitment & People Management- renewal every three years

7. Annual Resource & Recognition Day (recommended)

The next day will be held on Saturday 4th February 2023.

8. Deanery Network Events (recommended)

Events will be advised to Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators by their Area Dean. 

Parish Roles

All volunteer and paid roles

... in the parish church are required to complete:

1. Basic Safeguarding Awareness - renewal every three years

PCC Members and Church Wardens

... are required to complete:

1. Basic Safeguarding Awareness 

2. Safeguarding Foundations - renewal every three years 

4. Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse - renewal every three years 

Church Wardens in a parish in vacancy

… are required to complete:

1. Basic Safeguarding Awareness

2. Safeguarding Foundations

3. Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse - renewal every three years 

4. Safeguarding Leadership Pathway renewal every three years

Roles that work with children, young people, vulnerable adults and families with children

… are required to complete:

1. Basic Safeguarding Awareness 

2. Safeguarding Foundations – renewal every three years

... are recommended to complete:

3. Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse - renewal every three years (This course is a requirement rather than a recommendation for pastoral visitors)  

Roles involved in safer recruitment, line management or supervision

... are required to complete:

6. Safer Recruitment - renewal every three years

Parish Identity Verifiers must also complete:

7. Safer Recruitment in The Church of England - Birmingham Induction

 

Optional Safeguarding Courses

Developing our Safeguarding Adults Practice for Leaders

A session for ministers, parish safeguarding co-ordinators, leaders & organisers of activities for vulnerable adults to increase understanding of safeguarding and reducing risk when working with adults in our church-based community activities. Participants must be willing to take their learning back to their parish and help raise the awareness and safe practice of all members of their teams. Resources to facilitate this will be provided.

Book to attend a Developing our Safeguarding Adults Practice for Leaders (optional) session here

 

Safe Practice in Pastoral Ministry

A session for all lay and ordained ministers and leaders to consider their roles and responsibilities in relation to pastoral ministry including recognising and managing challenging behaviour, developing pastoral skill in risk assessment, recording, reporting and sharing information appropriately and establishing safe working practices that connect the expectations of The Church of England with personal theology.

Book to attend a Safe Practice in Pastoral Ministry (optional) session here

 

Modern Slavery

Two e-learning modules for anyone who wants a basic understanding of the issues of modern slavery and for leaders and helpers of social action projects

Complete the Introduction to Modern Slavery and Safeguarding & Social Action Modules here

 

The Prevent Duty and Radicalisation

An e-learning module from HM Government for anyone who wants to understand more about the Prevent Duty and how to safeguarding vulnerable people from becoming radicalised to support terrorism or become a terrorist themselves.

Complete the Introduction to the Prevent Duty and Radicalisation module here

 

County Lines and Child Exploitation

A podcast from the Children's Society to raise aware of County Lines is available here

The Clewer Initiative provide training for churches on different forms of exploitation linked to modern slavery on their website here

 

The Gospel, Sexual Abuse & the Church

A small group resource for the local church to explore safeguarding from a theological perspective

Download the resource here

 

Forgiveness & Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Abuse

A theological response to abuse for ministers and leaders

Download the resource here

 

Further Reading

Oakley & Humphries (1819) Escaping the Maze of Spiritual Abuse. Creating Healthy Christian Cultures. SPCK Publishing. https://spckpublishing.co.uk/escaping-the-maze-of-spiritual-abuse

Fife, Janet and Gilo (1819), Letters to a Broken Church. Ekklesia.

Harper and Wilson (1819) To Heal and Not to Hurt: A fresh approach to safeguarding in Church, Darton, Longman and Todd

Merchant (1818), Broken by Fear, Anchored in Hope: Faithfulness in an age of anxiety. SPCK Publishing. https://spckpublishing.co.uk/broken-by-fear-anchored-in-hope

Frankl, (1804) Man's Search for Meaning: The classic tribute to hope from the Holocaust, Rider.