Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

Please read the information below before booking your places on the Leadership Safeguarding Training.
Due to COVID-19 we have a bit of a backlog that we need to work through – so currently we are only advertising the Leadership safeguarding training to those who’s C3 certificates have expired (all clergy and those holding a licence, permission to officiate from a Bishop) as the priority. As soon as we are able to start inviting other positions to the Leadership training we will advertise this.
Currently this level of safeguarding training is only available via Zoom

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Training Aims & Objectives

  • Connect the Church's mission and theological foundations with what good leadership behaviour looks like in a safeguarding context.
  • Evaluate aspects of their own leadership practice and identify changes required which they then take forward with confidence.
  • Analyse what healthy Christian communities look like, how healthy communities keep people safe, and their role as leaders in shaping Christian communities that are healthy and safe.
  • Reflect on the impact that abuse and trauma have on individuals' lives, relationships, and interaction in a community setting.
  • Integrate their own faith, beliefs, and values with those underpinning good safeguarding behaviours.

Pre-Training Requirements

(before Part One)

Completion of BOTH the Basic Awareness (C0) and Foundation (C1) online safeguarding training modules is a pre-requisite prior to attending the Leadership Safeguarding Training. (If you have previously completed these courses within a three year period from your proposed virtual session you do not need to repeat the modules but you may wish to refresh your knowledge).

Visit The Church of England Online Training Portal and download the instructions

If you have problems with The Church of England Online Training Portal you will need to email and they will respond as soon as possible.

Virtual Training Requirements

This training will be delivered via Zoom (a web-based video conferencing software app that allows users to meet online when it is not possible to meet in person). If you are new to Zoom you can find information about Zoom here:

Whilst we appreciate that Zoom represents a new way of working for many people we would encourage you to consider each virtual session in the same way as a classroom based training session.

There are, however, some additional things to think about to make sure the training is as effective as possible:

  • You will need to ensure that you have access to a reliable internet connection.
  • You will need a device with a microphone, speakers and camera in order for you to be able to participate in the session.
  • A private space where you will be uninterrupted for the duration of the session. We are sorry, but this course is not suitable for children (including babies) or pets.
  • Please have pen and paper to hand.
  • Please identify yourself by using your first name and surname in your Zoom profile – this will display on screen.
  • Each session is scheduled for 2.5 hours – this includes regular breaks. The training content is approximately 120 minutes long.
  • We recommended that you join the session 10 - 15 minutes before it is due to start so that any connection issues can be resolved. You will be able to wait in the virtual waiting room until the facilitator starts the session.
  • The session will start promptly at the time specified on the invitation.
  • Please make sure you are comfortable and have everything you may need for the session e.g.. tea/coffee/water.
  • The course is interactive – expect to participate in a variety of small group exercises.
  • As with face to face training, if you leave the session for too long, you will miss relevant information and the opportunity to discuss safeguarding matters. As the time for this virtual training is short, it’s important the full session is attended. Therefore if you are away from the session for longer than five minutes, outside of a scheduled break, we may need to schedule for you to attend an another session.
  • If you’re not present at the start of the session, you won’t be able to join and will need to rearrange the session by contacting the Safeguarding team administrators.
  • The maximum number of participants for each group will be 15.

How to book:

  • To attend the Leadership Safeguarding Training, please click on the session that is most convenient for you to attend.
  • Once you click on a session a new page will appear.
  • Please then click on the word 'Register' to book your place. (If you are booking a place for someone else, please ensure you enter their name and email address and not yours.) 
  • Places are limited to 15, therefore please book at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.
  • When you have booked your place, a confirmation email will automatically be sent from eventbrite to the email address that you provided.
  • If your first choice is already SOLD OUT please book a place onto your second choice. You can contact us to put your contact details on the waiting list for your first choice of session and will we contact you if any places become available.
  • Please book onto a Part One session AND a Part Two session

Part One Sessions:

Mid-Training Recommended Reading

(between Part One and Part Two)

Between the two virtual sessions there is some mid-training recommended reading that we suggest you undertake before you attend the second session: 
You will be briefed on this during Part One and we would advise allowing approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Part Two: Thursday morning 24th June 2021 (09:30-12:15)

Zoom Training Link

Once you have successfully booked your ticket you should automatically receive a confirmation email from eventbrite, 1 week before the training event you should automatically receive a reminder email from eventbrite and 3 days before the training event you should automatically receive another reminder from eventbrite. Within all 3 emails from eventbrite there should be an orange button that says 'View The Event',

  1. click on the orange button that says 'View the event' and you should then be taken to the eventbrite page with all the course details/instructions showing,
  2. scroll down to the bottom of that page and you should see the 'Zoom Training Link' the Meeting ID and the Passcode.
1 hour before the training event you should automatically receive an email from eventbrite and if you scroll down the email you should find the zoom training link, the Meeting ID and the Passcode.

Unable to attend as planned?

If you are no longer able to attend the session, please contact the Safeguarding Team as soon as possible. If you do not notify us of the cancellation of your booking at least 2 working days before the training event you may be charged a £12 cancellation fee.

Training Session Cancellations due to COVID-19

Due to the advice given by the government in relation to COVID-19, we took the decision to cancel the Clergy & Licensed Ministers Face-to-Face Safeguarding Training Events which were due to be held up until and including 18th June 2020. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused, but our wish was, and still is, to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Below is the guidance from the National Safeguarding Team with regards to those who were not able to undertake the appropriate safeguarding training due to COVID-19, in line with the due regard to the need for Safeguarding training:

‘Our advice to you (checked with legal colleagues) is that where a member of clergy or church officer has not been able to undertake the appropriate safeguarding training because of cancellations due to the virus, this constitutes a cogent reason why the House of Bishops guidance to have due regard to the need for safeguarding training to be completed for certain roles, has not been followed. In other words, it is acceptable for clergy to continue to minister and church officers to undertake their roles, if they have either not done the training or not completed further training within the required time period, due to the impact of the virus. Records should be kept of who this applies to, to demonstrate the cogent reason, and they should attend the training as soon as possible when available.'

The maximum number of participants for each group will be 15. In cases where there are fewer than 10 participants the Safeguarding team may cancel this event and give notice to all those who were due to attend. We aim to cancel as few events as possible.

Post-Training Requirements

(after Part Two)

Reflections & Documentary questions:

1) Your reflections about Psalm 91 & Safeguarding (250-500 words required)

2) Think about your own church / cathedral situation: What evidence would your church / cathedral point to in order to demonstrate that it understands what “good safeguarding culture and arrangements” look like? (250-500 words required)

3) What are the attributes of a ‘good’ and effective safeguarding leader, and why do you think this? (250-500 words required)

4) What do you think about when you hear the word victim/survivor? What is your understanding of the impact of abuse in a church context on victims and survivors? How does this understand shape your leadership values, beliefs and behaviour in respect of safeguarding? (250-500 words required)

5) Your reflections following your viewing of the documentary 'The Church's Darkest Secret' (250-500 words)

6) Your reflections about a scenario in which you have applied the learning from this course or how you plan to implement your learning from this course (250-500 words required)

Post-Training Requirements Deadline

You have up to 6 weeks after attending Part Two to submit your post-training coursework.


We aim to email the certificate to you 6 weeks after you attended Part Two (providing you have submitted the post-training coursework).

For more information about our Leadership Safeguarding Training please contact the Safeguarding Team

For more information please contact The Safeguarding Team
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