The safety and well-being of the most vulnerable in our society lies at the heart of the Gospel we are privileged to share. Our churches should be places of security and safety for all. As those who share in the public ministry of the Church, we bear a responsibility for ensuring that our own care for the vulnerable is well informed, and meets the standards required by the diocesan policies for the safeguarding of children and adults at risk.
Safeguarding training is mandatory; it is delivered in the church context and requires delegates to take part in a safeguarding training session at least once every three years. Renewal of authorisation, permission to officiate (PTO), and the take up of a new position in the diocese also require the appropriate level of safeguarding training to be met.
The safeguarding team currently comprises Debbie Johnson (Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser) and Penny Turner (Diocesan Safeguarding Officer).
Penny has recently taken over the management of the Foundation Module Training programme (C1) and is currently in the process of ensuring that we provide adequate levels of training throughout the diocese. A number of Deanery Trainers have now been safely recruited and they are available to deliver some training sessions. We would welcome enquires from anyone who would be interested in taking on the voluntary role of Deanery Trainer for their local area. If you are interested in finding out more information, please contact Penny (E: email@example.com T: 01522 50 40 80).
As from July of this year there will be an e-learning module that will also be mandatory, and delegates will be required to complete this prior to attending a diocesan training session. Details of this online training will be given upon registering for an event.
Who should attend the Foundation Module (C1)?
Authorised lay ministers; pastoral assistants (i.e. those who take Holy Communion to the housebound unsupervised); children’s and young people’s workers; other volunteers (anyone else not qualifying for the Leadership Module).
Who should attend the Leadership Module (C3)?
The Leadership Module training is mandatory for clergy who hold the Bishop’s licence and are in employment; readers who hold the Bishop’s licence; clergy and readers with PTO (whether retired or not). This training module may also be beneficial for safeguarding coordinators and churchwardens.
Procedure for accessing Foundation Module Training (C1)
All parishes/deaneries will be responsible for requesting their own safeguarding training. When contacting us to book a training session please take the following criteria and information required into consideration and then confirm the details, as far as you are able, to us:
All training requests are to be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that an e-mail request is the preferred method of communication.
If, however, you have difficulty in accessing a computer, then please contact the Safeguarding team on either 01522 50 40 22 or 01522 50 40 80 with your request or enquiry.
Procedure for accessing Leadership Module Training (C3)
We have five C3 Leadership training events left for this year and which are for all clergy, readers, PCC members, safeguarding co-ordinators, people in charge of children’s ministry and pastoral visiting teams. This training has to be renewed every three years and/or undertaken by any of the above mentioned people in those roles. It is a full day of training, with arrival at 9am for a prompt 9.30am start. Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the day, which will conclude at around 4–4.30pm. To book on one of the events listed below, please kindly email with your name, address, telephone number, role in the parish and the date of the event that you would like to attend.
The next set of training dates will be for 2018, and these will be published in due course.
Attendees will be required to complete an e-learning package and pre-read literature before attending the course.
If you would like to attend, please email to register your interest. Please be advised that places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
If you have any comments or need help, please contact the Bishop’s Safeguarding Adviser.
Page last updated: 27th October 2017