What is happening in the Church of England regarding safeguarding training?
In December 2015, the House of Bishops endorsed a new minimum content of safeguarding training for all the Dioceses in England. In practice, this means that several different levels of safeguarding training must be carried out for members of the church in different ordained and lay roles over the next 3 years.
What are the modules and who needs to take them?
C0 – Awareness (approx. 2 hours)
Required for appropriate members of the congregation and community.
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.
- Signs and symptoms of abuse.
C1 – Foundation (approx. 3 hours)
Required for anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities or who have contact with children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable. This includes but is 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)
- 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 (approx. 3 hours)
Required for anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or responsibility for leading activities involving children, young people, and or adults that may be vulnerable. This includes but is not limited to:
Safeguarding officers, safeguarding lead on PCC, churchwardens, youth and children's pastoral visitors, directors of music, bell tower captains, home visitors, ordinands prior to leaving TEI, safeguarding leads in religious communities, Choir leaders.
- 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 hours)
Required for those holding a licence, commission, authorisation, permission to officiate from a Bishop - Ordained and Lay. This includes but is not limited to:
All clergy holding a licence or licensed/authorised lay ministers and Readers.
Incorporates C1 and C2.
- 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
Required for senior staff who have key roles in safeguarding policy, strategy and practice including:
Diocesan, Area, Suffragan, Honourary Bishops, Deans, Residentiary Canons, Archdeacons, Directors of Ministry, Training, Ordinands, Bishop's Chaplain, TEI Principal, Vice Principal and Safeguarding Lead, Directors and Wardens or Readers,the Diocesan Registrar, Diocesan Secretary/ Cheif Executive, Director of Communications/ Chief of Staff, Director of Human resources, Chair of Safeguarding Group, Leaders f Religious Communities and Safeguarding Leads.
- C4 is training specifically for Bishops and the Senior Staff team within a Diocese (led by the National Safeguarding team, not York Diocese).
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CANNOT SKIP MODULES. Modules must be completed in order: C0 then C1 then C2. However, as C3 incorporates C1 and C2, you can complete C3 after C0.
Information about training sessions
Training can be held at the Diocesan Office in Clifton Moor, or for parish groups, at a suitable venue provided by you.
We request that your group is between 5 and 30 people; larger groups please consider organising multiple sessions, and smaller groups can book onto open sessions organised by the Diocese.
Training sessions will be led by Dave, our Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser. However, we are currently in the process of collecting more people to be trained to deliver safeguarding training. If you know of anyone within your parish that has a professional training background, and would be willing to help the Diocese to deliver the new modular safeguarding training, please let us know by emailing email@example.com. Trainers will receive “Training for Trainers” from the National Safeguarding Team.
Attendance at Diocesan training will be noted and certificates issued. All training is completely free of charge.
How to book
Please have a think about which modules your group would require (using the above information), possible dates that would suit your group and whether or not you are able to provide a suitable venue for your group size and location.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU CANNOT SKIP MODULES. Modules must be completed in order: C0 then C1 then C2.
If you would like to book a training session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From May onwards, you will be able to book onto training sessions organised by the Diocese using dioceseofyork.eventbrite.com.
Feedback from your training session
We’d love your feedback about the safeguarding training you took part in. The responses from this will allow the Safeguarding Team at York Diocese to develop the effectiveness of the module you completed, and think about how we will deliver the module in the future.
Please click here to give us your feedback about your safeguarding training. The form should only take 5 minutes to fill in.