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 coronavirus has meant that both nationally and locally there have had to be changes to the way we offer safeguarding and for the foreseeable future all training now has to take place online. At the same time the National Safeguarding Team have been working on updating the training modules, and this work is ongoing.  For C0 and C1, these modules continue to be accessed online (see below).

The first most significant change will be apparent in relation to the C2 module, currently also known as the ‘Virtual Safeguarding Leadership Pathway.’  This is undertaken via Zoom, with small groups led by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team. As you may also know, our Safeguarding Trainer left in the summer and we are awaiting a replacement. The resulting reduction in capacity, as well as the much smaller numbers we can accommodate via Zoom, has therefore led to a temporary reduction in the courses we can offer.

We are very committed to providing safeguarding training for all those of you who require it. The safeguarding trainer post will be replaced and we will return to a full programme of training as soon as possible.

Thank you for your understanding.

Sian Griffiths, Diocesan Assistant Safeguarding Advisor (Training Lead)

Booking and general administrative queries: please could we ask you to use e-mail to contact us wherever possible.

 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

IMPORTANT:   As you will see below all the courses we are currently able to offer before the summer are now fully booked.  We have been operating a waiting list and juggling to prioritise anyone who needs this urgently for licensing.  However, the waiting list is getting so long that we are also having to close that until further notice.  Recruitment for a new trainer is underway and we hope to be in a stronger position to offer more courses soon. 

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. C0 and C1 must be completed by participants in advance of attending C2 session.

The C2 Leadership module is currently only available via online training hosted on Zoom.  This will involve participation in a course of two consecutive sessions a week apart, with some preparation in advance and follow-up activities to support your learning. 

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.  However, please be aware, that given our current capacity and the size of groups, we are having to prioritise attendance.  Initially priority will be given to licensed clergy and those who are required to do the training in order to be licensed.  Those in other roles who want to attend the training should apply, and we will do our best to fit you in when there is a space.

Dates are listed below – you will need to attend both the sessions that you are booked on to receive your certificate. You can apply for more than one course if you wish.

Wednesday 14 April 10am – 11.30am and Thursday 22 April 10am – 11.30am – FULLY BOOKED

Thursday 13 May 10am – 12pm and Thursday 20th May 10am – 12pm – FULLY BOOKED

Wednesday 9th June 2pm-4pm and Wednesday 16th June  2pm-4pm – FULLY BOOKED

Please be aware when choosing a date that two weeks prior to the training event you will be sent a workbook which will include some preparatory work.  It is a requirement of attendance that this is completed and  returned  4 days prior to the first session.