Safeguarding Training

Approved training in the safeguarding of children and adults and procedures and good practice is offered to all clergy and lay people, paid and unpaid, who work with children and young people and adults in the diocese.

The Basic Awareness course is available in the Safeguarding Training Portal. It is required learning for all members of a PCC, and contains useful basic knowledge for anyone who does not need to complete a higher level of training. It is included as pre-reading for anyone completing the Foundation module.

There are clear signposts throughout the e-learning for anyone with immediate needs to be responded to appropriately. Your PSO or incumbent would also be able to signpost to additional support.

The Foundation course is also available online through the portal. The Leadership courses are run by the Diocesan Safeguarding training team. Separate training specific to the role is also available for Parish Safeguarding reps.

Those working with children or adults should complete the relevant diocesan training course (which is specific to the church environment) within 12 months of taking up a post, even if they already have previous knowledge of safeguarding. If your role is not one for which a DBS check is required, but you work with children or vulnerable adults then you should still complete the Foundation training.

There is no charge for safeguarding courses, but it is essential to book virtual/in-person sessions in advance by contacting to ensure that there are spaces available or that the event is viable.

Basic Awareness course

Required learning for all members of a PCC, and as useful basic knowledge for anyone who does not need to attend face to face training. The Basic Awareness course is available in the Safeguarding Training Portal

Foundation course

For all lay workers or church workers (paid or voluntary), this should be completed online  via the Safeguarding Training Portal.  

Leadership course 

For Clergy, Retired Clergy, Readers, Authorised Lay Ministers, Churchwardens & Parish Safeguarding Officers. Leadership training should be renewed on a three-yearly basis. The course will be delivered virtually, comprising two sessions of an hour and a half over Zoom, plus some preliminary reflections and an evaluation task.

Wednesdays 29th September & 6th October, 2pm-3:30pm

Tuesdays 5th & 12th October, 10am-11:30am 

Thursdays 14th & 21st October, 7pm-8:30pm; Book Here 

Mondays 1st & 8th November, 7pm-8:30pm 

Tuesdays 23rd & 30th November, 2pm-3:30pm 

Thursdays 25th November & 2nd December, 7pm-8:30pm

Currently, all sessions except 14th/21st October are fully booked; please accept our apologies and do keep an eye out as we will confirm further dates soon. In the meantime, please email for more information or to be added to a waiting list for your chosen dates.

Safer Recruitment Training

For Parish Safeguarding Officers, DBS Administrators, and anyone involved in parish recruitment, this is now available as an online course, accesible through the Safeguarding Training Portal.

Resources from the Safeguarding training courses

External links for Safeguarding advice

  • For further information on Safeguarding children including a helpline phone number for advice external to the diocese, the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service may be helpful.
  • For support and advice with regard to stopping child sexual abuse, the ‘Stop it Now’ website is very helpful.
  • For advice on staying safe online in your homes and churches including concerns about social media, gaming platforms and tablet devices: CEOP’s ‘Think U know’ website has excellent resources for children, teenagers, teachers, parents and carers.
  • For resources and support where you may be concerned about abuse of elderly, vulnerable adults, the ‘Action on Elder Abuse’ charity has a website and helpline for advice.
  • For advice on domestic violence issues.

Page last updated: 28th September 2021 10:52 AM
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