What has changed in Safeguarding training?
In December 2015, the House of Bishops endorsed a new minimum content programme of safeguarding training for all of the Dioceses in England. In practice this means that several different levels of safeguarding training must be carried out by members of the church in different ordained and lay roles. Safeguarding training must be renewed every three years.
Please read the information below regarding safeguarding training requirements within the Diocese of Carlisle. If you have any questions, please contact:
Mrs Kaley Vaughton
(Kaley works on a part-time basis but will check emails regularly and respond as soon as possible).
Training will be held at a variety of venues and offered at different times throughout the diocese which will be advertised here on the website and in the Diocesan eNewsletter. Details of venues, parking and facilities will be made available to all delegates.
The maximum group size will be 25 to enable group discussion and positive learning experiences. Training sessions will be led by the Diocesan Safeguarding Trainer supported by the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor Charles Proctor and a number of trained volunteers. Attendance at Diocesan training will be noted and certificates issued. All training is completely free of charge.
Booking onto a training session
In 2017 you will be able to book onto a relevant training course via the Eventbrite webpages, until then if you would like to attend a session please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and once training sessions are arranged Kaley will contact you to discuss attendance.
What are the modules and who needs to take them?
C0 – Awareness training (approximately 1 h)
Required for all members of church communities and is a pre-requisite to all other face-to-face training courses.
C0 is designed to be completed via e-learning and the content will be interactive and engaging. There if scope for this to be completed as a parish if there are issues relating to access to technology.
An additional document accompanies this module entitled ‘Safeguarding is essential to the Church’s mission because……’ which could further inform discussion and reflection.
C1 – Foundation training (approximately 2.5 h)
Required for helpers at all child and vulnerable adult activities, PCC or Board of Trustees members, parish safeguarding coordinators, church wardens, ordinands, readers, local lay ministers, stipendiary and non-stipendiary curates, newly licensed readers and clergy with Bishop’s permission to officiate.
This training will:
• Situate safeguarding in the context of the Church;
• Equip participants with knowledge of state and Church of England legislation, policies and practice guidance;
• Understand your personal role and responsibilities in relation to others, including self-protection, and who to report safeguarding concerns and information to;
• Evidence how you respond well to safeguarding information, including who to inform, referral for investigation and the boundaries of confidentiality; and
• Work safely in your role following C of E/ Diocesan/ Parish preventative practice guidance.
C2 – Leadership (approximately 3h)
Required for leaders at child and vulnerable adult activities, parish safeguarding representatives, churchwardens, ordinands, readers/ authorised lay in training, stipendiary and non-stipendiary curates, newly licensed readers and clergy with bishop’s permission to officiate.
This training will:
• Explore practice guidance in diocesan safeguarding processes, including response to serious safeguarding situations, information recording and the importance of partnership working;
• Learn key statutory sector partners and know how to contact those relevant to your current work, including the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser;
• Understand diocesan safeguarding processes for responding to serious safeguarding situations, including responding to victims and survivors and referral to other agencies; managing posers of risk and review of safe working practices;
• Demonstrate the accurate recording and safe storage of safeguarding information; and
• Undertake an annual audit and review of diocese/ parish safer working practices.
C3 – Foundation / leadership for licensed ordained ministers (approx. 6 h)
Required for incumbents, house for duty and senior ordained staff.
This training will:
• Equip incumbents, curates, licensed and authorised ministers to embed healthy parish safeguarding practice;
• Learn the scope of safeguarding children and adults in the church context.
• Know the range of current state legislation, statutory guidance and Church of England policies/guidance relevant to safeguarding, and the need to work in partnership with statutory agencies;
• Learn ways to work in partnership within the diocese and with external agencies: key statutory sector partners and know how to contact those relevant to your current work, be equipped to ensure senior staff and the diocesan safeguarding adviser are informed of all parish safeguarding issues;
• Understand personal roles and responsibilities as incumbent/ priest-in-charge/ curate/ licensed or authorised minister, provide evidence of how you respond well to safeguarding information, including who to inform, referral for investigation and the boundaries of confidentiality;
• Describe diocesan safeguarding processes for responding to serious safeguarding situations, including responding to victims and survivors and referral to other agencies - managing posers of risk and review of safe working practices;
• Demonstrate the accurate recording and safe storage of safeguarding information;
• Work safely in your role following C of E/ Diocesan/ Parish preventative practice guidance, and map the overview role to ensure safer working practice in the parish;
• Undertake an annual audit and review of parish/ cathedral safer working practices; and
• For incumbents, practice the key skills for effective supervision of the ministry team, curates and authorised lay ministers, churchwardens, safeguarding officer and church employees.
C4 – Foundation / leadership Bishops, Deans, Principals and senior staff (approx. 6h)
Required for senior ordained staff including Diocesan, Area, Suffragan, Honorary Bishops, Deans, Residentiary Canons, Archdeacons, Directors of Ministry, Training, Ordinands, Bishop’s Chaplain, TEI Principal, Directors and Wardens of Readers. Senior Diocesan staff including Safeguarding Advisers, the Diocesan Registrar, Diocesan Secretary/ Chief Executive, Director of Communications/ Chief of Staff, Director of Human Resources, Chair of Safeguarding Group.
This training will not be provided by the Diocese. It is led by the National Safeguarding team.
C5 – Refresher / Update (approx. 3h)
Required for all members of church communities and should be undertaken every 3 years. The content of this training will incorporate some refresher work alongside relevant updates and topics.
S1-5 - Specialist modules (approx. 2.5h each)
Safer Recruitment (S1), Pastoral Care, Confidentiality and Confession (S2), Responding to Domestic abuse/violence (S3), Grooming, Sexual abuse, Responding to Survivors (S4) and Assessing and Managing Risk (S5) are all specialist modules which are currently being developed by the National Safeguarding Team and once available will be added to the current programme.
They are intended for Incumbents, House for Duty and Senior Ordained staff but can be offered to others where relevant to their role and requirements.
For further clarification on the requirements for training defined by the National Safeguarding Team Practice Guidance: Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework please click here.