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.
Parishes and Diocesan departments will need to work together to ensure that the appropriate level and type of safeguarding training is delivered to all of those that need it.
Safeguarding training should be refreshed every 3 years.
The Church of England’s Practice Guidance: Safeguarding Training and Development document, published in Jan 2017, provides a framework for safeguarding training across all Church of England communities.
Basic Awareness Online Safeguarding Training for ALL church members
The Basic Awareness online training courses (Child Safeguarding and Adult Safeguarding) are recommended for anyone who needs a basic level of safeguarding awareness. Participants booked to attend any face-to-face safeguarding training will be asked to complete the Basic Awareness online training courses in preparation as a prerequisite. These Basic Awareness online training courses detail the different types of abuse for children and adults and the possible indicators of these.
The Bishops and Archdeacons have mandated that both the Basic Awareness online training courses must be completed by ALL Clergy members, ALL Churchwardens and ALL PSRs (Parish Safeguarding Representatives) in EVERY parish, as well as other members of the church workforce according to their role.
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.
PSR's can request an online safeguarding training report for their parish by emailing email@example.com or calling 01245 294438.
Please initiate your request 1 working week before you need it to avoid disapointment.