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What Church of England Safeguarding Training am I required to do?

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) and the Incumbent are responsible for ensuring that all church officers are trained appropriately for their roles...A “church officer” is anyone appointed/elected by or on behalf of the Church to a post or role, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or unpaid, for example a priest, church warden, bell ringer, organist or youth group leader Church of England: Parish Safeguarding Handbook

Safeguarding Courses Currently Available
Who is required to complete them
Recommended for anyone wanting or needing a Basic Awareness of safeguarding.
Required for:
  • All Church Officers
  • Anyone going on to complete any other Church of England safeguarding course
Required for:
  • Anyone in a role which involves work (paid or unpaid) with children and/or vulnerable adults
  • Pre-ordination or license students, prior to BAP or selection Panel
  • Vergers
  • PCC Members/Lay Chapter Members
  • Staff at Theological Education Institutions with student facing roles
  • Members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisory Panel
  • Anyone going on to complete any other Church of England safeguarding course
Completion of the Basic Awareness Course is a pre-requisite
Required for Line managers and anyone involved in the recruitment of Church Officers* (employees, elected members, and volunteers). Including, but not limited to:
  • Those with responsibility for administering DBS
  • Safeguarding Officers in all Church bodies
  • Ordinands during IME 1
Completion of the Foundation Course is a pre-requisite
Required for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities/is leading activities/groups involving children and/or vulnerable adults. Including, but not limited to:
  • PSOs (Parish Safeguarding Officers)
  • Churchwardens
  • Those with PtO (Permission to Officiate) whose role involves a very low level of work, irregularly and where this pathway was officially approved by their Bishop and the DSA.
Completion of the Foundation Course is a pre-requisite
Required for those holding a Bishop’s Licence, Commission or Authorisation. Including, but not limited to:
  • Honorary/Assistant Bishops and Chaplains
  • Authorised Pastoral Assistants
  • ALPs (Authorised Lay Preachers)
  • Those with PtO (Permission to Officiate) whose roles involves a high level of work, regularly.
Completion of the Foundation Course is a pre-requisite
Recommended for existing PSOs (Parish Safeguarding Officers)
Required for persons taking on the role of PSO (Parish Safeguarding Officer)
Completion of the Foundation Course is a pre-requisite
If you are not sure which courses you are required to complete contact the safeguarding team.
Please note that C3 is a term/level that is no longer used since the Church of England Safeguarding Training Courses were updated in July 2019 – but if someone has a Church of England C3 Safeguarding Training Certificate, issued within the last 3 years, it is still valid and acceptable.

Online Church of England Safeguarding Training

The Church of England National Safeguarding Team now provides all the online training for our Diocese via their Online Learning Portal.

Online courses currently available:

  • Basic Awareness: Recommended for anyone who needs a basic level of awareness of safeguarding.
  • Foundation: Required for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities/contact with children and/or vulnerable adults.
  • Safer Recruitment: For all those involved in the recruitment, selection and management of staff or volunteers

Online courses coming soon: 

  • Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse (This e-learning package is currently being finalised. It is due to be launched in September 2021)

Download Guidelines to Access Church of England National Safeguarding Team Online Learning Portal 

If you require support or assistance with the Church of England online Safeguarding Training courses you will need to contact The Church of England National Safeguarding Team by emailing

Virtual (via Zoom) Church of England Safeguarding Training:

Virtual (via Zoom) courses currently available:

Virtual Training (via Zoom): Requirements:

This training will be delivered via Zoom. 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.

  • You will need to ensure that you have access to a reliable internet connection.
  • You will need a device with a microphone, speaker and camera. The course is interactive – expect to participate in a variety of small group exercises.
  • 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.
  • Each session is scheduled for 2.5 hours – this includes regular breaks. The training content is approximately 120 minutes long.
  • Please identify yourself by using your first name and surname in your Zoom profile – this will display on screen.
  • Please have pen and paper to hand.
  • 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. If you’re not present at the start of the session, you won’t be able to join and will need to rebook.
  • Please make sure you are comfortable and have everything you may need for the session e.g. tea/coffee/water. 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, you may need to rebook.
  • 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.
Deliberately difficult or disruptive behaviour will not be accepted. Anyone attending who fails to participate or engage will be spoken to and their non-participation or disengagement will be reported to the appropriate person, such as their Archdeacon (for clergy), parish priest (for parish officers). Those who do not fully participate or engage in the safeguarding learning requirements will not be issued with a certificate of successful completion and will be requested to repeat the learning later.

Virtual Training (via Zoom): 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.
  • 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.

Virtual Training (via Zoom): Zoom Link, ID & Passcode

You should receive a confirmation email, and 3 reminder emails, automatically from eventbrite, as long as you have entered your email address correctly. You may need to check your Junk or Spam inbox for them:
  • Once you have successfully booked your ticket you should automatically, and almost instantly, receive a confirmation email from eventbrite. You should also receive reminder emails 1 week, 3 days and 1 hour before the training event.
  • Within all the emails there should be an orange button that says 'View The Event'. If you click on that, you should then be taken to the eventbrite page with all the course details/instructions showing. If you then scroll down to the bottom of that page you should see the Zoom 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.

Virtual Training (via Zoom): 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.

Virtual Training (via Zoom): Post-Training Requirements Deadline

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

Those who do not fully participate or engage in the safeguarding learning requirements will not be issued with a certificate of successful completion and will be requested to repeat the learning later.

Virtual Training (via Zoom): Certificate

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

When/how often do I need to complete Church of England Safeguarding Training?

It is expected that people work to achieve the required level of learning as soon as is practicable upon starting a new role. The required core safeguarding learning pathways should be a priority with Basic Awareness and Foundation being completed as part of an induction process and the remaining core pathways being completed within six months of an individual taking up a post  - Church of England Safeguarding Learning & Development Framework 2021

Add a reminder to your diary!

Refresher learning should be completed at a three-yearly interval and will keep knowledge and skills up to date. It is expected that everyone will have been trained to the required level within each three-yearly cycle. Refresher learning should be undertaken at the highest required level (as per safeguarding training in the statutory sector) - Church of England Safeguarding Learning & Development Framework 2021

The DST will NOT send out reminders to individuals or parishes. Please make a note to book yourself onto the relevant level of Church of England Safeguarding Training every 3 years

IMPORTANT: The Church of England guidance MUST be followed:

  • The Ecclesiastical Insurance Group has made it clear that their insurance cover is only valid where national safeguarding policy and practice guidance is being followed.
  • All relevant persons must have due regard to guidance issued by the House of Bishops on matters relating to the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults. A duty to have “due regard” to guidance means that the person under the duty is not free to disregard it but is required to follow it unless there are cogentreasons for not doing so. “Cogent” for this purpose means clear, logical, and convincing. Failure to have “due regard”to House of Bishops’ safeguarding guidance may be considered misconduct under the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003 (CDM), may be grounds for the revocation of a reader’s or lay worker’s licence by the Bishop, or may result in an investigation being carried out by the Charity Commission, and the churchwarden or PCC members may be subject to disqualification as charity trustees:
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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