Safeguarding training

In April 2021, the National Safeguarding Team issued a new Learning and Development policy.

The new policy reviews the level of training which people (whether paid, voluntary, licensed or Lay) must complete to fulfil the safeguarding requirements for their role.

We, the Diocesan Safeguarding Training Team, are here to help you undertake the training that is required for the role you hold at church.  We want to create and enhance a culture where Safeguarding is an integral part of normal church life.  Therefore, training is available to anyone and everyone from a member of the congregation to a Bishop.  For some church roles, specific training is required, and this is set out in the tables below. 

The training is divided into a modular programme, making it more accessible for people with different roles and responsibilities within the church.  All modules have been updated with new content as well as names.

The modules are:

Basic Awareness (previously called C0)

Foundation (previously called C1)

Leadership (previously called C2 & C3)

Senior Leadership (previously called C4)

Specialist modules are also available for certain roles.  These include:

  • Safer Recruitment and People Management
  • Domestic Abuse

An illustration of where these modules fit into the overall training framework is available at the bottom of this page.

Safeguarding training for bell ringers

Safeguaring guide for bell ringers | PDF

National bell ringers | Weblink

 

Diocesan Safeguarding trainers contact details:

Lisa Hicks | Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer and Training Coordinator | 07485 329226

Mark Bee | Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer and Training Coordinator | 07483 006378

Or please email: safeguarding.training@cofesuffolk.org

Below are tables which give an overview of who needs to complete which training modules:

 Basic Awareness Training

Who needs to complete this module?

This course is MANDATORY for -

  • everyone who has a designated role in the church whether paid or voluntary, licensed, or Lay.

 In addition:

  • We would also encourage all parishioners to complete this course, as it helps to raise awareness of what is meant by the term safeguarding.

How to access the course:

Online:

This is a National Church portal and any queries regarding logging on, resetting passwords etc should be sent to the following   email: elearning@safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org

In person:

  • If you, or someone you know, are unable to access online training, please contact your local Parish Safeguarding Officer.  They will let you know when the next face-to-face training will be taking place in your local area.  Alternatively, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Training Team at safeguarding.training@cofesuffolk.org

 

 Foundations Training

Course requirements:

The Basic Awareness course must be completed prior to commencing this course.

Who needs to complete this module?

This course is MANDATORY for:

  • Anyone holding the Bishop’s licence, commission, authorisation, or permission.
  • Anyone in a role which involves work with children, young people, or vulnerable adults.
  • Churchwardens.
  • Safeguarding Officers.
  • Pre-ordination or Licence students, prior to BAP or selection Panel.
  • Vergers.
  • PCC members.
  • Teaching staff at Theological Education Institutions. 
  • Members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Panel.

How to access a course:

Online:

This is a National Church portal and any queries regarding logging on, resetting   passwords etc should be sent to the following   email: elearning@safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org

In person:

  • If you, or someone you know, are unable to access online training, please contact your local Parish Safeguarding Officer.  They will let you know when the next face-to-face training will be taking place in your local area.  Alternatively, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Training Team at safeguarding.training@cofesuffolk.org

 

 Leadership Training

Course requirements:

Basic Awareness and Foundations courses must be completed prior to commencing this course. 

Who needs to complete this module?

This course is MANDATORY for:

  • All Clergy holding the Bishop’s Licence, commission, authorisation, or permission (including PtO, Honorary/Assistant Bishops and Chaplains).
  • All Readers and Licensed Lay Ministers holding the Bishop’s Licence (under Canons E6 & E8), together with all others who hold the Bishop’s commission (including Elders), authorisation, or permission to carry out similar ministerial functions.
  • Non-executive members of Chapter (unless their role in the diocese requires a higher level of training).
  • Safeguarding officers in all church bodies.
  • Teaching staff at Theological Education Institutions who deliver the Leadership Pathway.
  • Safeguarding Leads in Theological Education Institutions. 
  • Churchwardens are required to complete this training if their parish is in vacancy, or if they are a leader of worship.
  • In a local context, it should also include such other people who significantly influence the culture of the church e.g., lay ministry staff employed by a PCC or BMO, locally appointed leaders of new worshipping communities, focal ministers.

How to access a course:

This course is currently delivered via Zoom.

  •  All courses are advertised on Eventbrite. 

To book a place on a course please follow this link.

In person:

  • If you, or someone you know, are unable to access online zoom training, please contact your local Parish Safeguarding Officer.  They will let you know when the next face-to-face training will be taking place in your local area.  Alternatively, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Training Team at safeguarding.training@cofesuffolk.org

 

 Senior Leadership Training

Course requirements:

 When in-person training is available again there will be a requirement to complete   the Leadership course prior to accessing Senior Leadership.

Who needs to complete this module?

This course is MANDATORY for:

  • Members of the Senior Leadership Team with responsibility and involvement in safeguarding matters.
  • Archbishops
  • Diocesan and Suffragan Bishops
  • Provincial Episcopal Visitors
  • Archdeacons
  • Deans
  • Executive Chapter members/Residentiary Canons
  • Bishops’ Chaplains
  • Diocesan Secretaries/Chief of Staff/Chief Executive/Cathedral Administrators
  • Director of Communications.
  • Directors of Ministry
  • Registrars
  • Diocesan and Cathedral Safeguarding Advisors
  • Directors of Music
  • HR Directors
  • Senior Chaplains to the Armed Forces
  • TEI Principals
  • Leaders of Religious Communities

How to access a course:

This course is currently delivered via Zoom by the National Safeguarding Training   Team. To book a course, please contact the diocesan safeguarding training team by emailing: safeguarding.training@cofesuffolk.org

 

Future news

Several other training courses have been developed during the last year and are in the process of being rolled out to dioceses. The modules Safer Recruitment and People Management and Domestic Abuse are available online via the training portal for anyone wanting to complete them now. The jigsaw graphic below gives an overview of the courses and how they will be delivered. A strategy for delivering these courses in this diocese is being developed and will be published in early 2022 later in the year.

 

 

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