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Training Programme 2017/18

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We all want every single one of our churches to be safer places and communities for all our people............. our emphasis has to be on prevention. So high quality training, safe recruiting at every level of church life and effective quality assurance are all high on the list of work being undertaken at Church level and need to be implemented at every level of church life.
Bishop Paul Butler, Lead Bishop for Safeguarding in the Church of England, General Synod, July 2015


The Church of England requires everyone who holds the Bishop's license or Commission - Clergy, Readers,  Commissioned Pastoral Visitors - Church Wardens, Parish Safeguarding Officers, PCC Members and all volunteers and paid workers who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults to attend safeguarding training every three years.

In order to improve, professionalise and standardise safeguarding learning and development, the National Safeguarding Team have developed a new National Safeguarding and Development Framework and a series of Safeguarding Training Modules. In addition to the basic awareness, foundation and leadership training in safeguarding we will now be running five specialist modules in 2017. You will need to have completed the mandatory C1 and C2 modules in order to book onto a specialist module.

We are introducing the new S1 - Safer Recruitment training from January 2017. This module looks at statutory guidance and legislation in relation to safer recruitment and helps participants to develop a deeper understanding of The Church of England's recruitment procedures, especially safer recruitment procedures and increase confidence in carrying out the recruitment process.

Sharon Hassall - Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser


Incumbents, Priests-in-Charge, Team Vicars, Clergy with particular responsibility for parish safe recruitment, Parish Safeguarding Officers and Parish Identity Verifiers must attend. The modules may be desirable for other roles that have responsibility for carrying out the recruitment process in the local church.

The following table lists courses available as part of the Diocesan Training Strategy for 2017/18. A range of training opportunities is provided, reflecting the needs of the target groups. Local tailor-made courses for deaneries or groups of parishes can be negotiated on request, to be delivered by voluntary parish trainers.

Attendance at courses must be booked in advance through the Diocesan office. Courses will run with a minimum of 9 delegates and a maximum of 20.

For further information and enquiries please contact Julie Grimshaw on 01254 503088 or by email:


For more information, a list of current courses and booking form please click on the links below:

(Additional Information & Current Courses) Link

Booking Form






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