Safeguarding training


The House of Bishops' policies Promoting a Safe Church (2006), Protecting All God's Children (2010), and the recommendations from the Chichester report all highlight the importance of regular safeguarding training for:

  • Everyone who works with children (under 18) or adults who are vulnerable

  • Everyone in a position of authority or trust

  • Everyone who holds a Bishop's Licence or has the Bishop's Permission to Officiate

Legislation, government policy and good practice guidelines relating to safeguarding change on a regular basis and it is important to keep up to date with these changes by attending appropriate training.

The Diocese of Coventry provides a range of different safeguarding training events which are all free of charge. At the moment all safeguarding courses are delivered online, either via the online training portal or zoom. We will reintroduce face to face training once it is safe to do so.

We are aware that safeguarding training is a difficult subject and can raise issues for some people about past or current experiences. If you are a survivor of any kind of abuse you may wish to access some support before completing our safeguarding training. If you would appreciate talking to someone about this please contact the Diocesan Safeguarding Team by telephone on 02476 521345 (press option 2), or via e-mail.

To access the online training courses please click HERE or  https://safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org/ 

Safeguarding Learning and Development Pathway

For PDF Version of the learning and development guidance please click - Here 

To view this guidance via the National Safeguarding Team's wesbite EManual please click - Here 

This framework sets out details of the Church’s safeguarding learning and development pathway, and expectations of Church Officers in respect to those pathways.

The safeguarding learning pathways support participants in developing and maintaining the necessary values, belief, knowledge, and skills to safeguard and protect children, young people and vulnerable adults.

It replaces and updates the ‘House of Bishops Learning and Development Framework Practice Guidance’ 2015 and the second and third editions of this document published in January 2017 and July 2019.

Churches must plan for full implementation of this framework from January 2022.

Overview

Core Safeguarding learning pathways (basic awareness, foundation, leadership and senior leadership) have been developed as a modular programme which builds learning according to role. Therefore, these pathways should be completed in consecutive order until an individual has reached the required highest level of learning for their role. E.G Basic Awareness, followed by Foundation, followed by Leadership.

Additional learning pathways have been developed to further enhance safeguarding knowledge in specific practice areas, or for specific roles.

As previously, refresher training should be completed at a three-yearly interval. Refresher learning should be undertaken at the highest required level for core pathways (basic, foundation, leadership and senior leadership). Additional pathways should also be refreshed on a three-yearly cycle.

Here is a visual overview of how the different pathways work together and how they will be delivered

Changes to training requirements

The new Basic Awareness and Foundation pathways provide the essential learning necessary to recognise, respond, record and refer safeguarding concerns. To reflect the changes in the new courses there are some changes to the level of training required for some church roles.

Some key changes to note

  • PCC members are now required to complete basic and foundation training

  • Children and Families workers are no longer required to complete leadership training

 Please see table below for a guide of what training is required –

Basic

Foundation

Leadership

All church officers

(A church officer is defined as anyone undertaking any role on behalf of the church, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or voluntary)

Anyone going on to complete any other learning pathway

Clergy, readers, and those with permission to officiate

Anyone in a role which involves working with children, young people or vulnerable adults

Churchwardens

PCC members/Lay Chapter Members

Vergers

Parish safeguarding Officers

Anyone going on to complete any other learning pathway

Clergy, Readers, and those with permission to officiate

Parish Safeguarding Officers

Churchwardens whose church is in vacancy

 

 

To access the online modules please click - HERE or visit safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org

 

Module Overview

Basic Awareness

Learning Intentions

To connect the core principles and practices of safeguarding to the Christian Faith.

Recognise issues of power and abuse as they present themselves in a range of contexts

Apply a clear process in the handling of concerns/safeguarding information

Delivery Method

Online via the training portal (and in-person in exceptional circumstances)

Required Attendees

  • All church Officers (A church officer is defined as anyone undertaking any role on behalf of the church, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or voluntary)

  • Anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding learning pathway

Length of course

Approx. 75 minutes

 

Foundation

Learning Intentions

Connect an understanding of good safeguarding practice to their own role

Recognise commonalities and differences arising from the age or circumstances of those affected and how this informs action

Identify wider support, accountability and governance arrangements relevant for safeguarding in their context

Analyse and respond appropriately to a variety of safeguarding scenarios whilst recognising the boundaries of their own role.

Delivery Method

Online via the training portal (and in-person in exceptional circumstances)

Required Attendees

  • Clergy, readers, and those with permission to officiate

  • Anyone in a role which involves working with children, young people or vulnerable adults

  • Churchwardens

  • PCC members/Lay chapter members

  • Vergers

  • Parish safeguarding Officers

  • Anyone going on to complete any other safeguarding learning pathway

Length of course

Approx. 90 minutes

 

Leadership

Learning Intentions

Connect the church’s mission and theological foundations with what good leadership behaviour looks like in a safeguarding context.

Evaluate aspects of their own leadership practice and identify changes required which they then take forward.

Analyse what healthy communities look like, how healthy communities keep people safe, and their role as leaders in shaping the Christian communities that are healthy and safe.

Reflect on the impact that abuse and trauma have on individual’s lives, relationships, and interaction in a community setting.

Integrate their own faith, beliefs, and values with those underpinning good safeguarding behaviours.

Delivery Method

Online virtual delivery via zoom

Required Attendees

  • Clergy, Readers, and those with permission to officiate

  • Parish Safeguarding Officers

  • Churchwardens if their church is currently in vacancy. 

Length of course

Two 90 minute sessions, delivered via zoom, one week apart.

 

*A church officer is defined as anyone undertaking any role on behalf of the church, whether they are ordained or lay, paid or voluntary.