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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. 

In 2019 the Church of England's National Safeguarding Team reviewed its training strategy and published its revised version of the Training and Development Framework in August. This included updates to the training materials, renaming the training levels, and reduced the number of modules.  In October 2019 St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocesan Synod approved the new Safeguarding Training modules and their implementation across the diocese.   

The scheduling of Safeguarding Leadership courses are now on Eventbrite.  Please click here to see all our events.  


Basic Awareness (C0)

Recommended for anyone who wants a basic level of awareness of safeguarding. Required for anyone going on to complete Foundation or Leadership training. 

Vergers, Servers, Welcomers, Caretakers, refreshment helpers, shop staff, Sidespersons, Churchwardens, Bell ringers, Choir members/Music Group members, employees of the Diocesan Board of Education and the Diocesan Board of Finance, those who regularly sit on Interview panels (including Bishops’ Advisors and DDOs).

Plus all those in the training for Foundation and Leadership below.

Basic Awareness (Previously C0)

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.           

This is an online course to be completed here:

If you do not have access to internet or a computer, please contact the Safeguarding team by email:

Foundation Course

Required for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities or has contact in their church role with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults. 

PCC members, Pre-ordination or license students, lay employees and volunteer workers with pastoral responsibility, those who are in paid employment or a voluntary role which involves direct work with children, young people or vulnerable adults including bell ringers and drivers providing transport in an official capacity, Worship Leaders. Church Safeguarding representatives, Sunday School volunteers, Chorus/Music Group/Drama leaders where there are 0-18 year olds or vulnerable adults in the group, congregation committees, core teaching staff at Theological Education Institutions, members of the Diocesan Safeguarding Panel, members of religious communities who work with vulnerable groups. 

Plus all those in the training for Leadership below.



Foundation Online Safeguarding Foundation (Previously C1)

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.

This is an online course to be completed here:

If you do not have access to internet or a computer, please contact the Safeguarding team by email:


Leadership Course

Required for anyone (paid or voluntary) who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or responsibility for leading activities involving children, young people and/or vulnerable adults.

Clergy, Chaplains (including Chaplains to the Armed Forces and Lay Chaplains), Lay Ministers (licensed, commissioned or authorised), Safeguarding Officers, Members of the DSA, Safeguarding leads on PCCs, those who are in paid employment or a voluntary role which involves leadership work with children, young people or vulnerable adults, lay persons appointed to exercise pastoral leadership within a local church, Bishops’ Visitors, Directors of Music, Bell Tower Captains, Bell ringing teachers, Curates, Succentors, Ministry interns, Learning Centre teachers, Sunday School leaders, Departmental Directors, Lay Chapter Members, Home Visitors, Ordinands and LLMs prior to leaving Theological Education Institutions, Support and Link Parsons, those working alongside clergy in a wellbeing/support structure, Spiritual Directors, House Group leaders, those who regularly sit on interview panels (including Bishops’ Advisors and DDOs).


Leadership (Previously C2 and C3)

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. 

For the leadership course it is important that you book a place on Eventbrite so that we can email you your certificate and send you a course evaluation questionnaire. Please do not attend without booking on a course as places are limited for health and safety reasons. 

A refresher course is required every three years, to the highest level of training you have completed.