Safeguarding Training

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 in the Safeguarding Training Portal. 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 the Foundation (C1) module.

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 Foundation (C1) and Leadership (C3) 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 the Foundation (C1) 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 to ensure that there are spaces available or that the event is viable.

Click the links below to view the Safeguarding Training dates:

C0 course - 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.

The C0 course is available in the Safeguarding Training Portal.

Foundation (C1) course - for all lay workers or church workers (paid or voluntary).

  • Tuesday 2nd June 2020 - Berrow Village Hall - 2:00pm-5:30pm Book Here
  • Monday 22nd June 2020 - St Cecilia, Kidderminster East, 7:00pm-9:30pm Book Here
  • Wednesday 2nd September 2020 - St Andrew, Malvern - 7:00pm-9:30pm Book Here
  • Tuesday 8th September 2020 - St John, Dudley Wood - 7:00pm-9:30pm Book Here
  • Tuesday 13th October 2020 - St Michael, Stourport - 7:00pm-9:30pm Book Here
  • Wednesday 4th November 2020 - St Bartholomew, Bayton - 7:00pm-9:30pm Book Here
  • Wednesday 25th November 2020 - The Old Palace, Worcester - 10:00am-12:30pm Book Here

If you would like to host a training session in 2021, please contact

Foundation (C1) training should be renewed on a three-yearly basis. 

Leadership (C3) course - for Clergy, Retired Clergy, Readers & Authorised Lay Ministers.

  • Monday 21st September 2020 - St Cecilia, Kidderminster East - 6:30pm-9:30pm Book Here

Further dates will be confirmed in due course.

Leadership (C3) training should be renewed on a three-yearly basis. 

C5 Refresher Module - for anyone Licensed or Lay who has already completed either the C1 Basic Awareness course, or the C3 Foundation & Leadership course (or both), and now requires renewal.

Dates to follow; please check back soon for details.

Safer Recruitment Training - For Parish Safeguarding Officers, DBS Administrators, and anyone involved in parish recruitment.

Incorporates the S1 Safer Recruitment module and the new online system for DBS applications.

Dates will be scheduled in due course, please check back soon. 

Resources from the Safeguarding training courses

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.
  • For support and advice with regard to stopping child sexual abuse, the ‘Stop it Now’ website is very helpful.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • For advice on domestic violence issues.

Page last updated: 12th May 2020 10:38 AM