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Follow the links in the Events Calendar on the right of this page for Safeguarding training events that are currently scheduled.

Unless otherwise indicated, to book a place please contact

If you have attended Safeguarding training or have completed the online training, and you haven’t received a certificate, please let
Sharon Welbourne know.

Please email her with the date and level you were trained and if online forward the reply to your completion that was sent and she will send a certificate to you.

If you have any queries please contact:

Sam Suddery, Assistant Safeguarding Adviser

Sharon Welbourne, Senior Secretary

Safeguarding Training and Development Modules

The Church of England has introduced a new modular safeguarding training and development programme for use by Dioceses, Cathedrals and Theological Education Institutions. The programme builds core, generic safeguarding training according to role, and through a person’s ministry path.  Please look at each module to see whether it is recommended or required for you to attend.

To find out more about each module click on the link within the blue bar.


Recommended for anyone who needs a basic level of awareness of safeguarding.

This may include but is not limited to: Vergers, Servers, Welcomers, Caretakers, Refreshment Helpers, Shop Staff, Sidespersons, PCC Members, Churchwardens, Bell Ringers, Choir Members / Music Group Members, Employees of the Diocesan Board of Education and Diocesan Board of Finance.

It is recommended you do this module if you wish to do any other core training module.

Refreshed every three years by the revised C0 module

Required for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities or who have contact with children, young people and / or adults who may be vulnerable.

Including but not limited to: Safeguarding Officers (Parish/Cathedral), Safeguarding Lead on PCC, Churchwardens, Readers in Training, Ordinands prior to placement, Spiritual Directors, Pastoral Visitors, Bishops Visitors, Helpers at Activities, Servers, Church Administrative Staff, Members of Religious Communities who are in active ministry and work with vulnerable groups (children or adults).

Completing C1 and C2 gives an equivalent level of training to C3, the difference is the content and focus of the case studies completed.

Refreshed every three years by the C5 module

Required for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or responsibility for leading activities involving children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable.

Including but not limited to: Safeguarding Officers, Safeguarding lead on PCC, Churchwardens, Youth and Children’s Pastors, Bishops Visitors, Directors of Music, Bell Tower Captains, Home Visitors, Ordinands prior to leaving TEI, Safeguarding Leads in Religious Communities, Choir leaders.

Completing C1 and C2 gives an equivalent level of training to C3, the difference is the content and focus of the case studies completed.

Refreshed every three years by the C5 module

Required for those holding a license, commission, authorisation, permission to officiate from a Bishop - Ordained and Lay

Including but not limited to: all Clergy holding a licence or licensed/authorised Lay Ministers and Readers.

For those holding permission to officiate, the Bishop granting permission should determine the level of training required in consultation with the DSA; for those whose ministry will be active C3 is the required module, for those for whom PTO will rarely be used it may be more practicable for C1 to be completed.

Refreshed every three years by the C5 module



Required for those with responsibility for administering DBS, Clergy and those with recruitment responsibilities (for example designated members of PCCs or members of staff who regularly sit on interview panels), Senior staff where they are involved in recruitment, Diocesan/Parish/Cathedral Safeguarding Officers, Safeguarding Leads on PCC/within Religious Communities/within TEIs

Explores the scope of safer recruitment procedures in the church context for all paid staff and volunteers with children and adults

Required for anyone holding the Bishop’s Licence or Permission to Officiate, Spiritual Directors, Bishops Visitors
Pastoral Visitors, Leaders of children/adults activities, Diocesan/Parish/Cathedral Safeguarding Officers

Examines issues relating to domestic abuse, especially for vulnerable groups and children in the context of adult abuse , and how the church can respond well to this.

Summary of Core and Specialist Modules



Responsibility for delivery




Individual online.
Could also be delivered face to face by Parishes

Pre-requisite to attendance at other modules



Face to face or online*, delivered by  members of Parish or Cathedral, some maybe delivered by DSA’s

Required before undertaking modules C2, C3, C5 and “S” modules



Diocese/Cathedral delivered by Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers (DSA’s)



Leadership for ministers (ordained and lay)

Diocese/Cathedral delivered by DSA’s



Bishops, Deans, Principals and senior staff

National Safeguarding team/ House of Bishops Development and Appointments Group

Delivered regionally by National Safeguarding team





Diocese/Cathedral delivered by DSA’s

Every 3 years


Safer recruitment

Diocese/Cathedral delivered by DSA’s







S2 #

Pastoral care, confidentiality and confession

Diocese/Cathedral TBC


Responding to domestic abuse/violence

Diocese/Cathedral delivered by DSA’s


Grooming, sexual abuse, responding to survivors

Diocese/Cathedral delivered by DSA’s


Assessing and managing risk

Diocese/Cathedral TBC


Spiritual abuse

Diocese/Cathedral TBC


Authorised Listeners / Link Persons

Diocese/Cathedral TBC


* C1 online not yet made available by the Church of England

# Not yet made available by the Church of England.

In order for training to be viable a minimum of 8 people need to sign up for the training. 

If it is less than 8 then the training will be cancelled with two days notice.
Please ensure that you register your attendance so that we can manage this effectively – thank you

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