Safeguarding Training

The new national Church of England safeguarding training programme offers six core modules from C0 to C5, with a range of specialist modules also in development.  There are modules suitable for clergy, Readers and all those engaged in parish roles where an awareness and understanding of safeguarding is important.  The new training programme is underpinned by the new national Church of England Safeguarding Training and Development Practice Guidance (January 2017).  

Renewal of safeguarding training every three years continues to be compulsory for those holding the Bishop’s Licence or Permission to Officiate, and is also required for parish employees, officers and volunteers, with the level of training required depending on the individual’s role.  Training records for clergy, Readers and those with PtO are maintained by the central diocesan Safeguarding Team, and these individuals will receive a reminder to book when they are due for an update.  The responsibility for ensuring that the relevant parish employees, officers and volunteers attend training falls to the incumbent and the PCC.  It should be noted that, under the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure 2016, all clergy and relevant church officers (including churchwardens, Readers and PCCs) must have ‘due regard’ to safeguarding guidance issued by the House of Bishops.  This includes a duty to comply with safeguarding training requirements.

The Diocesan Safeguarding Team currently offer core training at levels C0, C1, C2, C3 and C4.  Further modules will become available in due course.  Please see below for details of each module and information on how to access training.

Modules and Training Requirements

For guidance on which modules are required for different roles, please click here.

 Accessing Training

C0 safeguarding training is now available for completion online.  In order to access the course, please click here.  Once on this page, please click on the blue ‘Safeguarding Basic Awareness’ button beneath the picture located on the right of the screen.  You should then follow the link to register as a new user.  At the end of the course, you will be able to print a certificate and will receive an e-mail confirming your completion of the course.

Face-to-face training sessions for modules C1, C2 and C3 are delivered in four regional hubs across the Diocese (click on venue for map and parking information).  

Barnstaple: Holy Trinity Church

Exeter: The Old Deanery

Plymouth: St Mark’s Church, Ford

Torquay: St John’s Church, Shiphay

The timings for each training session are below: training will begin at the stated start time, so please arrive up to 15 minutes early for coffee.  Regular tea and coffee breaks will take place throughout the training session; if you are training for the whole day, please bring a packed lunch.  Course materials will be provided – please simply bring a pen.

  • C1: 10am to 12.45pm
  • C2: 1.30pm to 4.30pm
  • C3: 10am to 4pm

In addition, the Safeguarding Team is currently exploring the possibility of delivering C0 and C1 training at local parish level.  Further details will be circulated when available.

Please click for a list of 2017 Spring and Summer Safeguarding Training Dates. Where possible, places on face-to-face training sessions should be booked using the online booking form.  If on booking you enter your e-mail address into the e-mail field, you will receive an automated e-mail to confirm that the booking has been successful.  We will then contact you around one week before the course with a reminder and final details.  If, having made your booking, you find that you are no longer able to attend, please contact the Safeguarding Team so that your place can be offered to somebody else.

Please note that we require a minimum number of ten bookings in order for a planned training session to go ahead.  We will endeavour to notify you as early as possible if there are insufficient numbers booked onto your course, and to offer a place on an alternative session.

Guidance for PCCs

We appreciate that there may be large numbers of people in your parish who would benefit from safeguarding training, and that it may take some time for everybody to attend.  While training records for clergy and Readers will be kept centrally, records will need to be kept locally of which parish employees, officers and volunteers have attended which modules, and when they will be due for renewal. We understand that promoting the training and keeping records is a substantial undertaking, and therefore recommend that the training programme be put forward for discussion at a PCC meeting.  The PCC may wish to consider adopting a process along the lines of the following:

  • Identify which individuals may require training.  Please note that training is open to a wider group than just those who require a DBS check.  The Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers are willing to come to parishes to discuss innovative ways of delivery, and are currently preparing a course to train 30 volunteers to become trainers at parish level for C0 to C1.
  • Promote the training to the relevant individuals.  You may wish to provide them with the web link or to extract key information for your church newsletter etc.
  • Individuals can complete C0 training online and can book places on face-to-face training sessions for the other modules via the online booking form The list of courses currently available can be found in the drop-down lists under each module.  Please note that courses will disappear from these lists as they become full, and that we will be adding new course dates at regular intervals.  For those who do not have internet access, we are happy to take course bookings by telephone (01392 294 975), or for somebody else to complete the booking form on their behalf.
  • Once an individual has completed training, they should show their certificate to the person(s) responsible for record keeping, and the date of training should be logged.
  • In future, we would recommend that safeguarding training forms part of the induction process for anyone new to a relevant role.

You will appreciate that the new training programme constitutes a significant change both for parishes and the diocesan Safeguarding Team.  Please therefore bear with us as we begin implementing the new system, and do not hesitate to contact us (email or telephone 01392 294 975) should you have any queries – we will always be happy to help.

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