Approved training in the safeguarding of children and adults and procedures and good practice is offered to all clergy and lay people, paid and unpaid, who work with children and young people and adults in the diocese.
The C0 course is available online. It is recommended learning for all members of a PCC, and as useful basic knowledge for anyone who does not need to attend face to face training. It is included as pre-reading for anyone signed up to attend C1.
The training can be accessed here.
There are clear signposts throughout the e-learning for anyone with immediate needs to be responded to appropriately. Your PSO or incumbent would also be able to signpost to additional support.
The ‘C1 Basic Awareness/Foundation’ and ‘C3 Foundation and Leadership’ courses are run by the Diocesan Safeguarding training team. Separate training specific to the role is also available for Parish Safeguarding reps.
Those working with children or adults should attend the relevant diocesan training course (which is specific to the church environment) within 12 months of taking up a post, even if they already have previous knowledge of safeguarding. If your role is not one for which a DBS check is required, but you work with children or vulnerable adults then you should still attend ‘C1 Basic Awareness/Foundation’ training.
Churchwardens and PCC members are also welcome and encouraged to attend.
There is no charge for the course but it is essential to book in advance by contacting email@example.com ensure that there are spaces available or that the event is viable.
Click the links below to view the Safeguarding Training dates:
C0 can be accessed here: recommended learning for all members of a PCC, and as useful basic knowledge for anyone who does not need to attend face to face training
C1 Basic Awareness/Foundation course: For all lay workers, church workers (paid or voluntary), PCC members etc.
C3 Foundation and Leadership course: For Clergy, Retired Clergy, Readers & Authorised Lay Ministers.
C5 Refresher course: For anyone who has already attended either a C1 or C3 course and needs to renew (renewal of C1/C3 is required on a three-yearly basis).
Resources from the Safeguarding training courses:
What should a safeguarding notice board display in your parish premises?
A copy of the parish policy signed within the last year with the relevant contact details on. Download policy template
A ChildLine poster should be displayed in all premises where children’s and youth groups regularly meet. Download poster
You may also wish to display this poster ‘What to do if…’ with advice and contact details for responding to safeguarding concerns. Download poster
External links for Safeguarding advice
For further information on Safeguarding children including a helpline phone number for advice external to the diocese, the Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service may be helpful: http://www.ccpas.co.uk/
For advice on staying safe online in your homes and churches including concerns about social media, gaming platforms and tablet devices: CEOP’s ‘Think U know’ website has excellent resources for children, teenagers, teachers, parents and carers: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
For resources and support where you may be concerned about abuse of elderly, vulnerable adults, the ‘Action on Elder Abuse’ charity has a website and helpline for advice: http://elderabuse.org.uk/
For advice on domestic violence issues: http://www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk/