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The House of Bishops require dioceses to offer safeguarding training addressing the needs not only of children and young people, but also of adults. There is an expectation in Government Guidance that all staff, volunteers and office-holders know what to do should safeguarding situations arise.

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) and the Incumbent are responsible for ensuring that all church officers are aware of the safeguarding policy/guidance and 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

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) and the Incumbent are responsible for ensuring that all church officers who work with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults attend diocesan safeguarding training at least every three years - Church of England Key Roles and Responsibilities of Church Office Holders and Bodies Practice Guidance

The Diocese of Chelmsford currently provides these levels of safeguarding training:

More levels of safeguarding training will be available in the future.

C0 Basic Awareness & C1 Foundation

Our online training courses combine the C0 Basic Awareness and C1 Foundation levels and details the different types of abuse for children/adults and the possible indicators of these.

The Bishops and Archdeacons within the Diocese of Chelmsford have mandated that both of our online training courses MUST be completed by ALL Clergy members, ALL Churchwardens and ALL PSRs (Parish Safeguarding Representatives) in EVERY parish.

Our online training courses can be completed by any member of the congregation but their completion is requirement for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilies or who has contact with children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable.

Including but not limited to:

  • Bell ringers
  • Bishops visitors
  • Caretakers
  • Choir members/music group members (including sound/AV)
  • Church administrative staff
  • Church operations managers 
  • Church wardens
  • Employees of the Diocesan Board of Education and Diocesan Board of Finance
  • Flower arrangers
  • Helpers at activities
  • Members of religious communities who are in active ministry and work with vulnerable groups (children or adults)
  • Ordinands prior to placement
  • Parish workers with children/vulnerable adults (paid or volunteer)
  • Pastoral visitors
  • PCC members
  • Readers in training
  • Refreshment helpers
  • Safeguarding lead on PCC
  • Safeguarding officers (Parish/Cathedral)
  • Servers
  • Shop Staff
  • Sidespersons
  • Spiritual directors
  • Vergers
  • Welcomers

Participants booked to attend any face-to-face safeguarding training will be required to complete the relevant online training course(s) in preparation as a prerequisite.

Whilst each course should take less than an hour to complete you do not need to finish them in one visit. Instead you can work your way through each course using shorter periods of time, picking up exactly where you previously left off each time you revisit.

  • Instructions on how to create an online training acount, using your email address and parish code, can be downloaded HERE.
  • If you do not know what your parish code is please ask your PSR (Parish Safeguarding Representative). The contact details for your PSR should be listed on the A3 safeguarding poster on your Church notice board. 
  • Adobe Flash Player (also known as Shockwave Flash in Internet Explorer and Firefox) needs to be installed onto the computer that you will be using to complete the online safeguarding training.

Undertake the online safeguarding training

PSR's can request an online safeguarding training report for their parish by emailing or calling 01245 294438. Please initiate your request 1 working week before you need it to avoid disapointment.

C2 Leadership

Required for those who have safeguarding leadership responsibilities or responsibility for leading activities involving under 18 year olds and/or adults who may be vulnerable due to age, illness or disability.

For example, the person in charge of a youth group will require training to C2 (Leadership) level whereas a volunteer acting as an additional adult at a youth group session, but is never the leader of the activity, would require training to C1 level.

Including but not limited to:

  • Bell Tower Captains
  • Bishops Visitors
  • Choir Leaders
  • Churchwardens
  • Directors of Music
  • Home Visitors
  • Leaders of activities for adults who may be vulnerable due to age, illness or disability
  • Leaders of activities for under 18 year olds
  • Ordinands prior to leaving TEI
  • PSRs (Parish Safeguarding Representatives)
  • Safeguarding lead on PCC
  • Safeguarding Leads in religious communities
  • Youth and Children's Pastors
  • Youth Group Leaders

The completion of both of our online safeguarding courses is a pre-requisite for attending this face-to-face safeguarding training course.

View C2 Training Events

C3 Clergy and Ministers

Required for those holding a licence, commission, authorisation, permission to officiate from a Bishop.

The completion of both of our online safeguarding courses is a pre-requisite for attending this face-to-face safeguarding training course.

 View C3 Training Events

For more information please contact Laura Tyler
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The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are asking for your prayers as the Independent Inquiry on Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has recently finished its hearing into matters in the Diocese of Chichester. Please pray for all those involved, and for all affected by safeguarding issues.

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Independent Audit of Safeguarding

An independent audit of safeguarding in the Diocese of Chelmsford was conducted by SCIE in April 2017. This was part of a national programme of audits.

Read the diocesan response to the report.

And the report in full.