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Safeguarding Training

In our churches we offer much valued work with children, young people and vulnerable groups, often carried out by people on a voluntary basis. The contribution they make to the Christian way of life is immeasurable.  

We can never be complacent about safeguarding. We need to create and maintain a culture of informed vigilance to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. 

The Church of England requires individuals to attend various levels of safeguarding training every three years.  The House of Bishops Guidance which was produced at the start of 2017 specified new modules of training. 


C0 Training

This module is the basic online course and is a prerequisite for all other modules.  It is an online course.

This course takes around 45 minutes to 1hr to complete  

On completion of this course take or send your certificate to your Benefice or Parish Safeguarding Officer so they can update their records. 

This course replaces the level 1 induction.  C0 Safeguarding Training provides the knowledge needed to complete all the other Safeguarding training courses.                                      

Church Administration roles and all Diocesan staff/PCC volunteers and paid workers who work with children, young people and vulnerable adults, Authorised Listeners, Spiritual Directors

C1 Online Safeguarding Foundation

This basic course explores safeguarding in the church context and equips participants with the skills and knowledge to know when and how to report concerns.

Church Wardens, Bell Tower Captains/Leaders, Pastoral Visitors, Youth and Children’s work leaders, Music/Choir Leaders, and anyone who has leadership responsibilities/ leading activities involving children and/or vulnerable adults

C2 Safeguarding Leadership

This module equips participants to embed healthy safeguarding practice and to respond to safeguarding situations from a leadership perspective. This is face to face training. This module will be live in January 2018

Clergy, Licensed Lay People (Elders, Readers and any other licensed or authorised Lay Person) and Parish/Benefice Safeguarding Officers

C3 Safeguarding

This module equips those licensed by the Bishop both Clergy and Licensed/authorised Laity to embed healthy safeguarding practice and to respond to safeguarding situations. This is face to face training.

Our current training is endorsed by the Suffolk Safeguarding Children’s Board and the Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board.

Our current training is endorsed by the Suffolk Safeguarding Children’s Board and the Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Board.

These courses will be both online and face to face. Safeguarding training is free for all roles. Training sessions are available to book online using Eventbrite.  To find the course you need to attend click the course title below.   To book a place, please click on a date provided.

  • C3 Course dates-+

    Bosmere: The Arc (Church Hall), Highstreet, Needham Market, IP6 8AE, from 6:30pm-10:00pm

    Clare: St Mary the Virgin, Mill Rd, Haverhill, CB9 8BD, from 6:30pm-10:00pm

    Colneys: St John's Church, Orwell Rd, Felixstowe, IP11 7PW, from 6:30pm- 10:00pm

    Hadleigh: St Mary's Church, Church St. Hadleigh, IP7 5DT, from 6:30pm-10:00pm

    Hartismere: All Saints Church, The Street, Redgrave, IP22 1RW, from 10am-13:30pm

    Hoxne: Sancroft Hall, Church Road, Fressingfield, IP21 5PB, from 10am-13:30pm

    Ipswich: St Francis Church, Hawthorne Drive, Ipswich, IP2 0QQ, from 10:00am-13:30pm

    Ixworth: St Marys' Church, Church Hill, Pakenham, IP31 2LN. from 10am-13:30pm

    • To be confirmed

    Saxmundham: St John the Baptist, Church Rd, Saxmundham, IP17 1ES, from 6:30pm-10:00pm

    Stowmarket: Trinity Hall, Forest Rd, Onehouse, IP14 3HJ, from 13:30pm-17:00pm

    Sudbury: St Andrews' Church, 4 Church Rd, Great Cornard, Sudbury, CO10 0EL, from 6:30pm-10:00pm

    Thingoe: All Saints' Church Park rd, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3QW, from 6:30pm-10:00pm

    Waveney & Blyth: St Luke's Church, 61 Rigbourne Hill, Beccles, NR34 9JQ, from 10am-13:30pm 

    Woodbridge: St Andrew the Apostle Church Hall, Station Rd, Melton, IP12 1PX from 10am-12:30pm

Further details on safeguarding training contact:

Craig Hutton, Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer and Training Coordinator

Mobile: 07795 974734

Office:  01473 298552


Training course enquiries: craig.hutton@cofesuffolk.org

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