Training provision during Covid-19:

Following the Government’s most recent guidance regarding COVID-19, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone all face-face training booked until further notice. This includes Foundation and Refresher safeguarding courses as well as Domestic Abuse Awareness courses. However, you can find information below about online training alternatives that the National Safeguarding Team have put in place.

Lucy has returned to work from furlough to plan training delivery in an online context. Currently she is working part-time, so please be patient while she works hard to respond to enquiries.

If you have looked at the information below and you still need further support from Lucy, please contact her directly: [email protected] or the Safeguarding Team Secretary, Kate Mitchell, on 07701 364466 or [email protected]


C0 - Safeguarding Basic Awareness Module:

  1. Please visit the Church of England training portal to register
    https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/
  2. Locate the Basic Awareness course in the ‘Online Courses’ section of the website.
  3. The reports are regularly checked and individual training profiles held in the diocese will be updated.

C1 - Safeguarding Foundation Module:

  1. Please visit the Church of England training portal to register
    https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/
  2. Locate the Foundation Module course in the ‘Online Courses’ section of the website.
  3. The reports are regularly checked and individual training profiles held in the diocese will be updated.

C2 - Safeguarding Leadership Module:

  1. Please visit the Church of England training portal to register
    https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/
  2. Locate the Basic Awareness course in the ‘Online Courses’ section of the website.
  3. Locate the Foundation Module course in the ‘Online Courses’ section of the website.
  4. The reports are regularly checked and individual training profiles held in the diocese will be updated.
  5. It has been agreed that undertaking this training combined with the above Basic Awareness training will be accepted in place of the leadership training ONLY during this COVID 19 period. This is a temporary measure to cover those whose training expires in this time of restrictions.
  6. The appropriate Refresher or Leadership course will still need to be completed once restrictions are lifted.

*Note for the clergy seeking training or for PTO renewal: please email the Bishops Chaplain to provide evidence of your online training.


Online training provided by Lincolnshire County Council:

LCC provide a wealth of additional training for free, including Domestic Abuse and Safer Recruitment training. This fantastic resource can be accessed by anyone, so why not take this opportunity to up-skill? You may already have an account or you may need to register. There is a Help and Support link for anyone who needs technical help.

  1. Click the following link: https://www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/safeguarding/lscp
  2. Click ‘Training’ from the Contents list.
  3. Click either ‘Login to access training’ to access your account or ‘Register to access training’ to create a fresh account.
  4. If registering, select ‘Lincoln Diocese – other’ when prompted, as your group. Follow further registration instructions.
  5. Search for Domestic Abuse in ‘Learning’ then ‘Available learning’ section.
  6. Send a copy of your certificate to [email protected] .This will be processed on Lucy’s return.

Why should I do safeguarding training and what training should I do?

The safety and wellbeing 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 for many roles, both within church and in secular spaces. Church of England safeguarding training 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 levels of safeguarding training to be met.

  • Basic awareness:
    • All PCC members should undertake this training as a minimum
    • It is highly recommended to undertake this module, prior to the Foundation Module
  • Foundation Module:
    • Authorised lay ministers
    • pastoral assistants (e.g. those who take Holy Communion to the housebound unsupervised)
    • leaders of groups for children or vulnerable adults
    • children’s and young people’s workers
    • Bell Tower Captains
    • church administrative staff
    • servers
    • spiritual directors
    • home visitors
    • other volunteers (anyone else not qualifying for the Leadership Module) including PCC members are welcome to attend
  • Leadership Module
    • All 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)
    • Parish safeguarding officers
    • Church wardens