Safeguarding Training

Click here to view the Corona Virus (Covid-19) Update on Safeguarding Training Requirements (as of 18/03/2020)

The House of Bishop’s completed a review of the Safeguarding Training and Development Framework that had been running since 2016 and announced a number of changes to the way that Safeguarding Training would be delivered from January 2020.  The Diocese of Exeter has implemented the new framework as follows:

All clergy and lay ministers, who had not completed (the previously referred to) C3 training, will be required to attend the combined Foundation and Leadership for Ministers (C3) course which will be delivered in person by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. We retain the term C3 for ease of reference, but in essence it is the Foundation (C1) and Leadership (C2) modules delivered back-to-back with the trainers and participants looking at the subject matter through a clergy lens.  Ministers who are due to renew or refresh their safeguarding training, which is required three years on from completing their last safeguarding training, will be required to attend the Leadership (C2) module as their refresher module.  This module is delivered in person by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team.

The responsibility for ensuring that parish officers, volunteers and employees attend training falls to the incumbent and the PCC.  Renewal of safeguarding training every three years continues to be required for all church officers, with the level of training required depending on the individual’s role. For guidance on which training is required for different roles please click here Safeguarding training modules.   The Refresher (C5) module was withdrawn in January 2020 and now those needing to refresh their training complete their highest previous level of training, the content of which is renewed tri-annually.

Face-to-face training sessions for Leadership (C2) and combined Foundation & Leadership for Ministers (C3) are delivered across the diocese by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. While the core modules provide the essential training necessary to recognise, respond, record and refer safeguarding concerns, further training in the area of Responding to Domestic Abuse (S3) is also available and is recommended for anyone in a pastoral or significant contact role with adults or families including all licensed Clergy, those with PTO, Readers and Lay Ministers, Parish Safeguarding Leads, Bishop’s Visitors and Spiritual Directors.

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.

Accessing On-line Training

The National Safeguarding Team continues to offer on-line core training at levels Basic Awareness (C0) and Foundation (C1). To access these courses, please click here and follow the on-screen instructions.

You will need to register with the national Safeguarding training portal and provide an email address, which they will use to send you your certificate.

Local Training

In addition, the Diocesan Safeguarding Team can arrange face-to-face training at a local parish or mission community level subject to sufficient numbers attending.  For more details on how local training delivery can be arranged, please read these guidelines.

For all Safeguarding training enquiries please email us or telephone 01392 294 975.

We will always be happy to help where we can.