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 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. 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 offers core training at levels C0, C1 (on-line), C2 and C3.

C5 is now available for those who have completed modules C1, C2 or C3 previously and are due their 3 year renewal. If you have not yet completed these modules you must attend the module appropriate to your role before you access C5 for renewal in 3 years time.

Modules and Training Requirements

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

 Accessing Training

Both C0 and C1 safeguarding training modules are now available for completion online.  In order to access the courses, please click here and then click the ‘On line courses’ button. If you have not previously done so you will need to register for a user account by following the instructions on screen. Once you have entered your details you will receive an email with a link to activate your account. You should click this link to enable you to access the training. At the end of the course you will be able to print a certificate and receive an email confirming completion of the course. 

Face-to-face training sessions for modules C2, C3 and C5 are delivered across the diocese and you can attend any venue that suits you.

Barnstaple: Holy Trinity Church

Exeter: The Old Deanery

Plymouth: St Mark’s Church, Ford

Torquay: St Matthias Church

Exeter: Belmont Chapel

C2 and C5 are delivered as half day courses while C3 is a whole day course.

In addition, the Safeguarding Team is able to deliver training at a local parish level.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss this. 

Please click here for a list of Safeguarding courses Autumn 2019

Please click here for a list of Safeguarding courses Spring & Summer 2020

Where possible, places on face-to-face training sessions should be booked using the online booking form.  Please enter your e-mail address into the e-mail field so you can receive an automated message to confirm your booking has been successful.  We will then contact you a week before the course with a reminder and final details. 

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.  
  • 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 and C1 training online and can book places on face-to-face training sessions for the other modules via the online booking form 
  • 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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