Safeguarding training


In October 2019 the Diocesan Synod agreed that all PCC members must complete Basic and Foundation modules. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. However, there are certain roles within the church community which require a higher level of safeguarding training than others.

There are four levels of generic safeguarding training: Basic, Foundation, C2 Leadership and C4.

The modules should be completed in sequence e.g. if you are a Church warden, you will need to complete Basic and Foundation modules before signing onto a Leadership course.

Basic and Foundation modules

This training is offered online:

Training portal | Weblink

Each module takes approximately one hour to complete.  Please speak with your Parish Safeguarding Officer who will contact the training team to arrange face to face events if required.

C2 Leadership Module

From Monday 5 October, Claire Coles will be joining the Safeguarding team to focus on delivering C2 Leadership courses.  Claire has recently been delivering safeguarding training with Diocese of Chichester as part of her role as Assistant Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

The National Safeguarding Team has developed a new Leadership training course to be delivered via Zoom.  The course follows a new format to suit online delivery and as such includes some participant preparation, greater interaction and more dialogue between participants and with the trainer. 

Each course is limited to 12 participants, and with considerable demand for places, the national team will be offering places to Clergy in the first instance. Course dates will be advertised shortly on Eventbrite.

Diocesan Eventbrite | Weblink

It is recognised that you may be required to complete Safeguarding Leadership training in order to continue with your duties within the Church. Currently you can continue to work without the training.   Clergy need to book a place as soon as possible and all other posts will be expected to attend a training event as soon as they become available for your role.

Course outline:

  • A pre-course workbook containing four questions which must be completed and returned at least four days before the first session. Each question requires a 250 (minimum) word answer. If you do not complete the workbook, you cannot take your place on the course.
  • Two 90-minute zoom sessions held a week apart, both sessions must be attended to complete the course.
  • Between Zoom sessions you are required to familiarise themselves with the ‘Promoting a Safer Church’ document and reflect on Psalm 91.
  • Some participants will receive a follow up call (4-6 weeks later) from the trainer to evaluate the ways in which the course has changed their approach to safeguarding matters.

If you are concerned about the new style of training please direct any concerns to Karen Galloway, Diocesan Safeguarding Manager by emailing safeguarding.training@cofesuffolk.org.

This course is being reviewed regularly and feedback is being provided to the national team, particularly in relation to the time commitment required for completion of the pre-work.

The National Team has acknowledged that not everyone is able to access virtual sessions and therefore a new face-to-face Leadership module is being developed for 2021. The content of the course is not yet known, but is likely to follow the Zoom course with greater emphasis on group participation while being delivered in smaller groups.  

Your feedback following completion of the course is invaluable, if you have reviews to share please contact Karen Galloway, Diocesan Safeguarding Manager by emailing safeguarding.training@cofesuffolk.org.

 

Which course do I need to complete?

The table below is a guide to which module(s) you need to complete for the role you currently hold:

Module

Attendance

Basic

Everyone.

Foundation

PCC members, Pre-ordination or - license students, lay employees and volunteer workers with pastoral responsibility, those who are in paid employment or a voluntary role which involves direct work with children, young people or vulnerable adults including bell ringers and drivers providing transport in an official capacity, Worship Leaders. Church Safeguarding representatives, Sunday School volunteers, Chorus/Music Group/Drama leaders where there are 0-18 year olds or vulnerable adults in the group, congregation committees, core teaching staff at Theological Education Institutions, members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Panel, members of religious communities who work with vulnerable groups, anyone that has regular contact with children and vulnerable adults.  

Clergy, Chaplains (including Chaplains to the Armed Forces and Lay Chaplains), Churchwardens, Lay Ministers (licensed, commissioned or authorised), Safeguarding Officers, Members of the DSA, Safeguarding leads on PCCs, those who are in paid employment or a voluntary role which involves leadership work with children, young people or vulnerable adults, lay persons appointed to exercise pastoral leadership within a local church, Bishops’ Visitors, Directors of Music, Bell Tower Captains, Bell ringing teachers, Curates, Succentors, Ministry interns, Learning Centre teachers, Sunday School leaders, Departmental Directors, Lay Chapter Members, Home Visitors, Ordinands and LLMs prior to leaving Theological Education Institutions, Support and Link Parsons, those working alongside clergy in a wellbeing/support structure, Spiritual Directors, House Group leaders and those who regularly sit on interview panels including Bishops’ Advisors and DDOs.

C2 Leadership

Clergy, Chaplains (including Chaplains to the Armed Forces and Lay Chaplains), Churchwardens, Lay Ministers (licensed, commissioned or authorised), Safeguarding Officers, Members of the DSA, Safeguarding leads on PCCs, those who are in paid employment or a voluntary role which involves leadership work with children, young people or vulnerable adults, lay persons appointed to exercise pastoral leadership within a local church, Bishops’ Visitors, Directors of Music, Bell Tower Captains, Bell ringing teachers, Curates, Succentors, Ministry interns, Learning Centre teachers, Sunday School leaders, Departmental Directors, Lay Chapter Members, Home Visitors, Ordinands and LLMs prior to leaving Theological Education Institutions, Support and Link Parsons, those working alongside clergy in a wellbeing/support structure, Spiritual Directors, House Group leaders and those who regularly sit on interview panels including Bishops’ Advisors and DDOs.

C4

Senior Clergy only.

 

Last updated 1 October 2020.