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

Our Leadership Safeguarding Training Safeguarding Training is ONLY for those holding a Bishop’s Licence, Commission, Authorisation or Permission to Officiate.
Currently this level of safeguarding training is only available via Zoom

Click on a link below to take you to the relevant section:

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 online Basic Awareness course, and then the online Foundation course, is a pre-requisite prior to attending the Leadership Safeguarding Training.

If you have previously completed these courses you do not need to repeat them, but you may wish to refresh your knowledge.

How to book:

  • 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.
  • We recommend booking both tickets at the same time, but please ensure that the date for Part Two is AFTER the date that you have booked for Part One.
  • Once you have successfully booked your ticket eventbrite will automatically send a confirmation email to the email address that you provided – but you may need to check your Junk or Spam inbox for it. If you do not receive this email, it either means that you have entered your email address incorrectly or that you were not successful booking a ticket.

If your only suitable course date/time is already FULLY BOOKED please still click on the link and register yourself for the waiting list. We often have a few cancellations a few days prior to the event.

If none of the advertised course dates/times are suitable please do not worry. We are constantly organising and adding more. Please keep checking the website for updates as we are not always able to send out reminders.

The sessions MUST be attended in numerical order, you need to attended a Part One session BEFORE  you attend a Part Two session

Part One Sessions:

Mid-Training Recommended Reading

(after Part One, and before 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.

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.'

Post-Training Requirements

(after Part Two)

Reflections & Documentary questions (250-500 words required for each):

1) Your reflections about Psalm 91 & Safeguarding

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?

3) What are the attributes of a ‘good’ and effective safeguarding leader, and why do you think this?

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?

5) Your reflections following your viewing of the documentary 'The Church's Darkest Secret'

  • The documentary 'The Church's Darkest Secret' can be found and viewed via the Church of England Training Portal: 
  • If you have completed any of the e-learning provided by the Church of England you may already have an account – otherwise please create an account.
  • You can then find the documentary under the ‘additional resources’ and ‘BBC2 Documentary’ – the enrolment key that is required is Leadership+
  • Do remember that the reflection regarding the documentary is optional as we appreciate that the content may be difficult for some participants. 

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

For more information, or if you have any questions or concerns contact the Safeguarding Team

For more information please contact The Safeguarding Team
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