Safeguarding Training

Contact the Diocesan Safeguarding team
If you have a concern that you need to share with the Diocesan Safeguarding team, please email us or phone us on 01905 732800. If possible, please complete this referral form and attach it to your email – the team will contact you at the earliest opportunity

All PCC members, licensed and lay ministers, and those working in roles with children and/or vulnerable adults must complete the relevant level of training as set out by the Learning and Development Framework 2021.

There are clear signposts throughout all e-learning modules for anyone with immediate needs to be supported. Your PSO or incumbent would also be able to signpost to additional support.

Most training is now completed either individually online, via the Safeguarding Training Portal, or via a virtual group.  All training must be renewed on a 3 yearly basis – renewing at the highest level required for your role.

For guidance using the online portal, please see Guide to Accessing the Training Portal and Training Portal FAQ. For technical queries relating to the portal (e.g. difficulty logging on or problems with username or password), please email For other training queries, please email

Basic Awareness course
Preparatory module for all other training levels, and useful basic knowledge for anyone who is interested. The Basic Awareness module is available via the Safeguarding Training Portal. Please contact your PSO for support in accessing this if required.
Foundation course
Required learning for all PCC members, those working with children and/or vulnerable adults, and as pre-requisite learning for anyone needing to complete ‘Leadership module’ Available via the Safeguarding Training Portal. Please contact your PSO for support in accessing this if required.
Leadership course 

For Clergy, Retired Clergy, Readers, Authorised Lay Ministers & Parish Safeguarding Officers. The course will be delivered virtually, comprising two sessions of an hour and a half over Zoom, plus some preliminary reflections and a completion task.

Mondays 2nd & 9th September, 7pm-8:30pm; Book Here

Fridays 6th & 13th September, 10am-11:30am; Book Here

Both sessions must be attended in order to complete the course and bookings can be made using the relevant link – you only need to register for the first session which will qualify you for both (we have deliberately blocked out the second sessions so they will appear as “sold out”, to avoid duplicate bookings). 

We run a specialised pathway for those holding PTO; invitations will be sent at time of renewal, or email the DBS Administrator for further information. 

Please note that places are limited to 16 per course, and therefore fill quickly.

To be added to a waiting list for future dates, please email the DBS Administrator..

Raising Awareness of Domestic Abuse
It is a national requirement that this online training is completed by all clergy and lay ministers holding the Bishop's licence or Permission to Officiate, and also by all Parish Safeguarding Officers. It is also available to others in church officer roles who wish to increase their awareness, and will become a requirement for further roles (e.g. ALMs) later this year. The module is available as an online course via the Safeguarding Training Portal; it is accessible in your own time and does not need to be completed in one sitting. If you feel affected by any of the content of this training, please contact one of the safeguarding team who will be pleased to offer support.
Safer Recruitment Training
For Parish Safeguarding Officers, DBS Administrators, and anyone involved in parish recruitment, this is now available as an online course, accesible through the Safeguarding Training Portal.
Page last updated: Thursday 4th July 2024 9:21 AM


Please remember - if a child or an adult is at immediate risk of significant harm or in immediate danger, call the emergency services on 999.

Contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers

If you have safeguarding concerns about the welfare of a child, young person or an adult, please email the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisers for advice and support or phone 01905 732800.

If possible, please complete this referral form and attach it to your email – the team will contact you at the earliest opportunity.

Contact the team.

Contact details of Social Services and Police within the Diocese

  • Non-Urgent Police Enquiries - 101 (you will be put through to the appropriate force eg West Mercia or West Midlands)
  • Worcestershire - 01905 822 666 (out of hours 01905 768020)
  • Dudley Area which includes Halesowen, Stourbridge and Brierley Hill – 0300 555 0055 (out of hours 0300 555 8574)
  • Sandwell – 0121 569 2266

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