Last updated 15th October 2019
The Church of England requires everyone who holds the Bishop’s license or commission to attend safeguarding training every three years.
This includes Clergy, Readers, Commissioned Pastoral Assistants - all PCC members, Church Wardens, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators, PCC Safeguarding Leads and all volunteers and paid workers who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults
The link below takes you to an article by the Bishop of Horsham, Mark Sowerby, Deputy Lead Bishop for Safeguarding and Chair of the Training & Development Working Group which explains why safeguarding training is mandatory in certain roles.
Everyone should complete the C0 online module followed by either the C1 online module or a C1 & C2 combined course depending on their role in church.
All clergy should complete the C0 online module followed by the C3 Clergy course plus the two specialist modules S1, Safer Recruitment and S3, Responding Well to Domestic Abuse.
C1 & C2 combined courses can be delivered by arrangement in your church or parish. (Please complete this form and return it to Julie Grimshaw) Parish Safeguarding Training Booking Form or for further enquiries contact Julie Grimshaw, Safeguarding Administrator on:
T: 01254 503088
Please see the guide below to check which course you need to attend and to book a place via EVENTBRITE (Please note - if a training courses needs to be cancelled for any reason e.g. low attendee numbers or adverse weather conditions you will be notified by email directly via Eventbrite - please check your email before attending in the event that your course has been cancelled)
For more information contact Julie Grimshaw, Safeguarding Administrator on:
T: 01254 503088
The Core Modules
C0 – BASIC SAFEGUARDING AWARENESS
This is an e-learning awareness raising sessions that looks at the church context and should be completed by everyone including Clergy before progressing on to subsequent courses.
C1 - FOUNDATION
This module is now available as an e-learning session and should be completed by those not needing to progress to subsuquent courses.
These modules can now be completed online by following the link below.
All clergy must attend C3 and then attend a refresher session, C5, every three
years thereafter. (Please note the C5 refresher is not yet available)
Book a C3 session here
Readers & Commisioned Pastoral Assistants, All PCC members, Parish Safeguarding Co-Ordinators, Church Wardens, PCC Safeguarding Lead, Volunteers (with responsibility for activities for vulnerable groups) & paid workers
All the above roles must attend the C1 & C2 Combined Course and then attend a refresher session, C5, every three years thereafter. In addition, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators and those involved in recruitment must attend the specialist module S1 Safe Recruitment. S1 is attended once only and is not renewable every three years.
Book a C1 & C2 Combined session here
The Specialist Modules
S1 Safer Recruitment
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. Who must attend? Incumbents, Priests-in-Charge, Team Vicars, clergy with particular responsibility for parish safe recruitment, Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinators, PCC Safeguarding Leads and Parish Identity Verifiers must attend. The module may be desirable for other roles that have responsibility for carrying out the recruitment process in the local church.
Book an S1 Safe Recruitment session here
S3 Responding to Domestic Abuse
This module examines issues relating to domestic abuse, especially for vulnerable groups and children in the context of adult abuse, and how the Church can respond well to this. Who must attend? Anyone holding the Bishop’s Licence or Permission to Officiate, Spiritual Directors, Pastoral Visitors, Leaders of children/adult’s activities, Diocesan/Parish/Cathedral safeguarding officers, Senior staff teams, Churchwardens, Youth Workers.
Book on S3 Responding to Domestic Abuse here