Safeguarding Training

Completion of safeguarding training is an expectation, and for many it is a mandatory requirement for their role. To maintain currency, safeguarding training should be updated at least once every three years.

Upcoming Changes:

Following a recent consultation, the National Safeguarding Training modules are in the process of being amended. The changes will be implemented within the Diocese of Exeter from May 2021.

There will be four different safeguarding courses:

  • Basic Awareness (formerly C0)
  • Foundation (formerly C1)
  • PTO Safeguarding
  • National Leadership Pathway

Which safeguarding course/s do I need to undertake?

Please click the following link for guidance on which level of training is required for your role: Which safeguarding training do I require?

About Basic Awareness (C0) and Foundation Modules (C1):

The Basic and Foundation safeguarding modules are currently provided online and can be worked through by yourself in the comfort of your home or office workspace.  

Accessing my Basic Awareness (C0) and/or Foundation Module (C1) safeguarding training courses:

To undertake the Basic Awareness (C0) or Foundation (C1) modules log into the National Safeguarding Training Portal.

If you are a new user of the portal you will need to follow the on-screen instructions to register and create a log-in. Once you have logged in, click on the tab that says ‘Online Courses’, then select Basic Awareness and or Foundation modules.

Once completed, please save and or print a copy of your training certificate for your records and notify your Parish Safeguarding Rep so they can keep a record of your training achievements.

If you experience problems logging into the online training portal for your Basic Awareness and Foundation safeguarding training please send an email to the National Safeguarding Team Training Helpdesk.

About PTO Safeguarding Training:

This is a new national module required under the upcoming changes to safeguarding training and will replace the currently offered Local Leadership (C2) Safeguarding Training.

The PTO Safeguarding course is for PTO Clergy, PTO Lay Ministers and PTO Readers. The course is delivered in one (3hr) Zoom session and includes some pre-course reading and reflections, which will need to be submitted prior to the session. Information will be emailed to you ahead of the course along with Zoom joining instructions. There will be a maximum of 12 participants on each session and bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis.

To book your place on the PTO Safeguarding course please use the on-line booking system

About National Leadership Pathway Safeguarding training:

The National Leadership Pathway module is the first of a new style learning and development module and is the required training for Licensed Clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers. Before attending the National Leadership Pathway module, all those who are new in post and/or who have not previously done so will be required to show evidence that they have previously completed Basic Awareness (C0) and Foundation (C1) by emailing a copy of their certificates to the Safeguarding Team.

The National Leadership Pathway module is delivered via Zoom and participants will need access to a computer, tablet or smart phone with internet access and a camera and microphone in order to take part. There are two 90 minute sessions to be attended as part of the course. Your two sessions will be on the same day of the week and at the same time with one week in between, for example: Monday at 10am of one week and Monday at 10am of the following week. There will be a maximum of 12 participants on each session and bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. A workbook with supplementary materials will be sent to participants by email prior to the first session. This email will contain all the information relating to the course and what is required, including an invitation to the Zoom meeting.

Further details of this new module can be found here National Leadership Pathway Training for Licensed Clergy and Licensed Lay Ministers

Previous training completed remains valid and completion of this module of training is not required until renewal/refresher training is due i.e. within 3 years of the date of the last safeguarding training completed.

To book your place on a National Leadership Pathway course please use the on-line booking system

Training for those in all other parish roles from January 2021:

All parish officers whose roles are not listed above are required to undertake Basic Awareness (previously known as C0) and/or Foundation (previously known as C1) training using the online e-Learning modules provided through the National Safeguarding Training Portal. Details of how to do this are at the foot of this page.

For a full list of dates available on all zoom training courses see National Leadership Pathway & PTO Safeguarding Courses – Spring and Summer 2021

Please note: under current CV19 restriction, this training is delivered via Zoom on-line conference facilities.

Still not sure?

That’s ok, please direct all safeguarding training enquiries to us via email or telephone 01392 294975. We will always be happy to help where we can.