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Safeguarding Training

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 light of the on-going coronavirus response, all face-to-face Safeguarding training has been cancelled by the national church until further notice. 

Basic Awareness (previously C0) and Foundation Online Safeguarding Foundation (previously C1) can both still be completed using the online service below.

We have been advised that, if a member of clergy or church officer has not been able to undertake the appropriate safeguarding training because of cancellations due to the virus, it is acceptable for clergy to continue to minister and church officers to undertake their roles.  They will be required to attend the training as soon as possible when available.  Please let us know by emailing safeguarding.training@cofesuffolk.org if you have had to delay your training so we can prioritise your bookings when the time comes.

If you are seeking further information about our response to the coronavirus, please do visit the Church of England guidance available on the dedicated website page.

Our first priority is to care for those most vulnerable in this crisis, and we continue to pray for all those people caught up in the coronavirus epidemic, for those who are sick, for those who care for them, and for those responsible for planning for our care.

 

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, 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: safeguarding.training@cofesuffolk.org

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: safeguarding.training@cofesuffolk.org

 

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), Churchwardens, 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. 

Please note: All face-to-face Safeguarding training (Leadership previously C2 and C3) has been cancelled by the national church until further notice. 

 

If your role is not shown above please contact the Safeguarding team to check which level of course you are required to do. 

safeguarding.training@cofesuffolk.org

 

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