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; 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.

Lucy is the Safeguarding Training Coordinator and has taken over the management of the Foundation Training programme. She 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 Foundation training sessions. We would welcome enquires from any people 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 Lucy by email or on 01522 504057.

Training Requirements

Basic Awareness Training:

This can be accessed in a variety of ways:

  1. The national Church of England Training Portal, Online Courses, - please register, locate the Basic Awareness course in ‘Online Courses’ and notify the safeguarding team at [email protected] once completed so your training record can be updated.
  2. Contact [email protected] for a paper copy of the training materials to be posted.
  3. Contact [email protected] for a copy of the training materials to be emailed directly.

Who should access the Basic Awareness Training?

PCC members (PCC members are also encouraged to attend the Foundation training in their parish).

Anyone attending a Foundation or Leadership training session should complete the Basic Awareness in preparation for their face to face training session.

Foundation Module Training:

Saturday, 25th January 2020 – St Francis, Cleethorpes, 09.30-12.30

Monday, 27th January 2020 – St Mary’s Church, Horncastle, 13.30-16.30

Tuesday, 28th January 2020 – St Thomas’ Church Room, Market Rasen, 18.00-21.00

Tuesday, 3rd February 2020 – Skendleby Old School, Skendleby, 18.00-21.00

Saturday, 8th February 2020 – Skirbeck Holy Trinity Church, Boston, 09.30-12.30

Tuesday, 25th February 2020 – St Swithin’s Church, Lincoln, 18.00-21.00

Saturday, 29th February 2020 – St Mary’s Church, Horncastle, 09.30-12.30

Saturday, 21st March 2020 – St Mary’s Church Hall, Long Sutton, 09.30-12.30

Saturday, 4th April 2020 – West Pinchbeck Village Hall, West Pinchbeck, 09.30-12.30

If you have a group of people (10+) needing training please email the team at [email protected] or call Lucy Russell on 01522 504057 or 01522 504068 to discuss booking your own training session.

Who should attend the Foundation Module training?

Authorised lay ministers, church wardens, parish safeguarding officers, 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.

Church wardens and parish safeguarding officers should attend this training but they may also find the Leadership training beneficial.


Leadership Module Training:

Training dates and venues for 2020.

Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 – Jubilee Hall, St Giles Parish Church, Lincoln, 09.30-16.30

Who should attend the Leadership Module training?

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 parish safeguarding officers and church wardens.

Domestic Abuse training:

Although these are not part of the mandatory training schedule these training sessions proved so popular in 2019 so another series of dates have been organised for 2020.

All the sessions will run from 10.00-15.00. Refreshments will be provided, but participants will need to bring their own lunch.

Please contact our administrator on [email protected] or call 01522 504068 to book.

Tuesday, 18th March 2020 - St. Mary the Virgin Church Hall, Market Place, Swineshead, PE20 3LJ.

Wednesday, 22nd April 2020 - Edenham Regional House, Church Ln, Edenham, Bourne, PE10 0LS

Monday, 18th May 2020 - Church of Saint James, 10 Church St, Spilsby, PE23 5DU

Wednesday, 10th June 2020 - St Michael and All Angel's Church, Kent Road, Brookenby, LN8 6EW

Wednesday, 23rd September 2020 - St Hugh’s Church, Ashby Rd, Scunthorpe, DN16 2AG

Monday, 5th October 2020 - Edward King House, Minster Yard, Lincoln, LN2 1PU

Please contact the safeguarding administrator on 01522 504068, Lucy Russell on 01522 504057 or email Safeguarding if you would like to book a place on any course.