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.

Changes to the National Safeguarding Training programme:

The Church has an ambition to make a paradigm shift in its relationship with safeguarding to ensure safeguarding flows from within the soul of the church and is at the centre of our faith, in our practice, in our worship, in our praying, and in our believing. With this aim, and following a recent consultation, the National Safeguarding Training programme has been updated and is now being implemented within the Diocese of Exeter.

There will be six safeguarding courses available:

  • Basic Awareness
  • Foundation
  • Domestic Abuse
  • PTO Safeguarding
  • Parish Safeguarding Representative (PSR) Induction
  • Safeguarding Leadership Pathway

Please scroll down for further information about each course.

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 modules do I require?

Which safeguarding course/s do I need to take when refreshing my training every three years?

Safeguarding training needs to be refreshed once every three years at the highest level of attainment required for your role, for example:

  • A server who is required to undertake only the ‘Basic Awareness’ module needs to refresh ‘Basic Awareness’ every three years.
  • A Youth/Children’s Worker required to undertake the ‘Basic Awareness’ and ‘Foundation’ modules who has already done both only needs to refresh their ‘Foundation’ module every three years.
  • Lastly, a Parish Safeguarding Rep who needs ‘Basic Awareness’, ‘Foundation’ and the ‘Leadership Pathway’ who has already done all three courses just needs to refresh the Leadership Pathway course every three years.

About Basic Awareness and Foundation Modules:

The Basic Awareness and Foundation safeguarding modules are currently provided online and can be worked through by yourself in the comfort of your home or office workspace. All Parish Officers are required to undertake the Basic Awareness module and many are also required to undertake the Foundation module.

If not already done so individuals required to undertake higher levels of training must have completed the Basic Awareness and Foundation modules before booking onto the next courses required for their role.

Accessing my Basic Awareness and/or Foundation Module safeguarding training courses:

To undertake the Basic Awareness or Foundation 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 an account. 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 Domestic Abuse Training:

The aim of this training is to equip participants to engage thoughtfully and proactively with the issue of domestic abuse and those affected. The Domestic Abuse training is for anyone holding the Bishop’s licence, commission, authorisation, or permission (Clergy, PTO, Readers, Licenced Lay Ministers), Bishops Visitors / Pastoral Visitors, Parish Safeguarding Representatives, Ordinands, PCC Members / Lay Chapter Members, staff at Theological Education Institutions with student facing roles and members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel.

**We are awaiting further information about the content and format of the training and once this has been clarified will make course dates available.**

About PTO Safeguarding Training:

The PTO Safeguarding course is for PTO Clergy, PTO Lay Ministers and PTO Readers. The course is delivered in one 3 hour Zoom session 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. The course 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 Zoom session and bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Completion is reliant upon a final evaluation submission made to the Safeguarding Team no more than four weeks after attending the Zoom session.

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

About Parish Safeguarding Representative (PSR) Induction:

In addition to completing the National Leadership Pathway training, all new Parish Safeguarding Representatives will also need to complete the Parish Safeguarding Representative Induction. (Please note – existing PSR’s are not required to attend the inductions although are invited to do so if they wish). The induction is delivered in one 3-hour session which may be via Zoom or face to face (please see available dates for details). If being delivered by Zoom participants will need access to a computer, tablet or smart phone with internet access and a camera and microphone in order to take part. The course 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 either Zoom joining instructions or directions to the venue. There will be a maximum of 12 participants on each Zoom session and 24 participants in a face to face session and bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Completion is reliant upon a final evaluation submission made to the Safeguarding Team no more than four weeks after attending the Zoom session.

To book your place on the Parish Safeguarding Representative (PSR) Induction please use the on-line booking form

About Safeguarding Leadership Pathway training:

The National Leadership Pathway is the required training for Archdeacons, Licensed Clergy, Licensed Lay Ministers, Licenced Readers, Curates, Ordinands and Parish Safeguarding Representatives (and may include Churchwardens and PTO Clergy and PTO Readers under certain circumstances – please see here for further information.) 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 and Foundation modules by emailing a copy of their certificates to the Safeguarding Team.

The National Leadership Pathway course is delivered in two 90-minute Zoom sessions. Participants will need access to a computer, tablet or smart phone with internet access and a camera and microphone in order to take part. The course 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 Zoom session and bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis. Completion is reliant upon a final evaluation submission made to the Safeguarding Team within four to six weeks after attending the Zoom session.

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 the Basic Awareness and/or Foundation modules using the online e-Learning modules provided through the National Safeguarding Training Portal. Details of how to do this are listed above.

For a full list of available dates on all courses see Leadership Pathway, PTO Safeguarding and PSR Induction Courses – Summer 2021. We hope to be able to offer the resumption of face-to-face training in Autumn 2021 and will advise further when and if this becomes possible.

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.