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)
  • Gemma Smith (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:

C1&2 Foundation Training 2019 

Thursday, 17th January 2019 - Holy Trinity Church, Skirbeck, 6-9pm

Saturday, 26th January 2019 - Willingham Village Hall, Willingham by Stow, 2-5pm

Wednesday, 6th February 2019 - Thurlby Church Hall, Thurlby, 9:30am-12:30pm

Monday, 11th February 2019 - Blyton Memorial Hall, Blyton, 6-9pm

Tuesday, 26th February 2019 - Willoughton Village Hall, Willoughton, 6-9pm

Monday, 4th March 2019 - Old School Room, Caythorpe, 9:30am-12:30pm

Wednesday, 6th March 2019 - St Peter’s Church, Holton le Clay, Time TBC

Saturday, 9th March 2019 - Church Street Rooms, Corby Glen, 9:30am-12:30pm

Monday, 11th March 2019 - St Andrew’s Church, Epworth, 9:30am-12:30pm

Saturday, 30th March 2019 - Trinity Centre, Louth, 2:30-5:30pm

Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 - Church Hall, Cherry Willingham, 1:30-4:30pm

Monday, 29th April 2019 - Trinity Centre, Louth, 6-9pm

Saturday, 11th May 2019 - All Saints’ Church, Barrowby, 9:30am-12:30pm

Wednesday, 15th May 2019 - Church Hall, Branston, 9:30am-12:30pm

Saturday, 18th May 2019 - St Hugh’s Church, Old Brumby, 9:30am-12:30pm

Tuesday, 21st May 2019 - Upton Church, Upton, 6-9pm

Saturday, 1st June 2019 - Pickworth Village Hall, Pickworth, 9:30am-12:30pm

Monday, 10th June 2019 - Gosberton Church Hall, Gosberton, 6-9pm

Wednesday, 19th June 2019 - St. Peter & St Paul Church, Kirton in Holland, 6-9pm

Saturday, 5th October 2019 - Trinity Centre, Louth, 2:30-5:30pm


C5 Refresher Training 2019 (for anyone who has previously attended a C1&2 or C3 course)

Saturday, 23rd February 2019 - Holy Trinity Church, Skirbeck, 9:30am-12:30pm

Monday, 25th February 2019 - Holy Trinity Church, Skirbeck, 6-9pm

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

Who should attend the Foundation Module (C1)?

Authorised lay ministers; pastoral assistants (e.g. 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)

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.

Refresher Training

All course training needs to be reviewed every three years. Dates can be booked in the same way at the C1 and 2 Foundation Course. Please see above.

Attendees will be required to complete a refresher 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 assistance, please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser.