Online and face-to-face training events.

The Diocese of Norwich is working towards creating a church which is safer for everyone.  Active engagement with safeguarding training supports all those who have a role within the Church to effectively recognise and respond to possible abuse and implement best safeguarding practice.

The Church of England’s Practice Guidance: Safeguarding Training & Development, published in July 2019, provides the framework for safeguarding training across all Church of England communities. This also sets out the core safeguarding training modules which are a mandatory requirement for particular Church roles (please see below). The training requirements set out are very ambitious and the programme for the period Autumn 2019-Spring 2020 is designed to achieve a balance between the various competing priorities we are working with.

Sian Griffiths, Diocesan Assistant Safeguarding Advisor (Training Lead)


Unfortunately, in light of the current situation regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) and the government guidance, we have made the decision to cancel all face to face Safeguarding Training sessions until further notice. We are continually reviewing the situation and hope to provide online alternatives in the near future. Please check the website for further information periodically.

C0 and C1 are available to be completed online on the Church of England’s Safeguarding Training Portal.

Q: What will happen if this means I am not able to undertake the safeguarding training which is required as a condition of my Licence, or as an expectation of my role?

A: It has been agreed that inability to undertake training as a result of the virus would constitute a cogent reason why the House of Bishops’ Guidance to have due regard to the need for safeguarding training could not be followed.  We will maintain a list of those that this applies to.  You will, of course be required to undertake the training at the first opportunity when it becomes available again.

Every effort will be made to include additional safeguarding sessions in our summer and autumn programmes to enable anyone who has missed a session to attend/renew their training as quickly as possible.

Thank you all for your patience

Booking and general administrative queries:

 Brenna Wells at or 01603 629001

Any other queries:

Sian Griffiths, Diocesan Assistant Safeguarding Adviser (Training Lead) at or 07342 999386



C0 Basic Awareness Module

C0 is the basic safeguarding awareness module. This course is required by anyone who will be going on to complete Foundation or Leadership training.  It is also available to anyone interested in safeguarding. To access this training go to Church of England’s Safeguarding Training Portal.  You will need to register and set up an account before accessing the training – so please follow the instructions on the Safeguarding Training Portal.

If you have any problems with accessing the Safeguarding Training Portal, please email


C1 Foundation Module

C1 is the foundation safeguarding module, which situates safeguarding in the context of the Church and equips participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively recognise and respond to possible abuse.

This course is required by anyone who has safeguarding responsibilities or has contact in their church role with children, young people and/or adults who may be vulnerable through their role within the Church.

It can be accessed online via Church of England’s Safeguarding Training Portal


C2 Leadership Module

C2 is the leadership safeguarding module, which explores roles in implementing parish safeguarding procedures and responding to serious situations and equips participants with the knowledge and skills to embed healthy parish safeguarding practices. C1 must be completed by participants in advance of attending C2 session.

This course is required by anyone who has safeguarding leadership responsibilities or is leading activities in their church role with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults.

Due to the current COVID-19 emergency and ongoing guidance the C2 Leadership module will currently only be available via online training hosted on  Zoom.  This will involve participation in two consecutive sessions, and follow-up activities to support your learning.