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.

The safeguarding team currently comprises:

  • Debbie Johnson (Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser)
  • Penny Turner (Deputy Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser)
  • Gemma Marks-Good (Safeguarding Support Case Worker)
  • Kate Mitchell (Safeguarding Team Administrator).
  • Lucy Russell (Safeguarding Training Co-ordinator)

Lucy 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 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 50 40 57.

We are now asking participants to complete 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. 

Forthcoming training dates for the Foundation course C1:

Saturday, 18th January 2020 – St Faith’s Church, Lincoln, 0930-1230

Saturday, 25th January 2020 – St Francis, Cleethorpes, 0930-1230

Saturday, 8th February 2020 – Skirbeck Holy Trinity Church, Boston, 0930-1230

C3 Leadership Training

Training dates will appear here in due course.

The Leadership days are all 9am–4:30pm.

This training is for all members of the clergy but churchwardens and safeguarding parish officers may also find it beneficial. It is, however, first and foremost leadership-level safeguarding training for clergy.


Please contact Lucy Russell on 01522 504057 or at Safeguarding if you would like to book a place on any course.

Who should attend the Foundation Module (C1)?

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, PCC members, Bell Tower Captains, church administrative staff, servers, spiritual directors, home visitors, other volunteers (anyone else not qualifying for the Leadership Module). Church wardens and parish safeguarding officers can attend this training but they may find the Leadership training more beneficial to their role.

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 parish safeguarding officers and church wardens.

Who should attend the Refresher Module (C5)

Anyone who hold a Foundation or Leadership module that is still in date, may attend a C5 Refresher 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 assistance, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.

Procedure for accessing Foundation Module Training (C1)

The Safeguarding Administrator will contact Rural Deans regarding safeguarding training. However, if you already have a group of people needing training please email us. When contacting us to request 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.

  • It is suggested that there are between 20 and 30 delegates per session

  • We will need details of the designated venue (which will be free of charge) and confirmation that refreshments will be arranged

  • Please also supply parking information (including numbers)

  • Please specify the preferred time of day for the training session – daytime, early evening or weekend

  • Please include contact details for the individual arranging the session.

All training requests are to be sent to: [email protected]
Please note that an email 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 57 or 01522 50 40 80 with your request or enquiry.

Procedure for accessing Leadership Module Training (C3)

We plan to run six C3 Leadership training events this year, 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, details of which will be posted here shortly, please email with your name, address, telephone number, role in the parish and the date of the event that you would like to attend.

Please note that an email 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 57 or 01522 50 40 80 with your request or enquiry.