A healthy Christian community is one which ensures and nurtures the wellbeing of all, and the Diocese of Norwich continues to work toward ensuring a church which is safer for everyone. Safeguarding therefore, needs to be embedded in all aspects of the life and ministry of the Church in order to ensure that the culture of safeguarding is integral throughout all of our church communities.
Active engagement with safeguarding training is instrumental in shaping the culture, and in supporting all those who have a role within the Church to effectively recognise and respond to possible situations of abuse, as well as implement best safeguarding practice. The facilitation and delivery of safeguarding training and development within the Diocese of Norwich is seen in this context.
The Church of England’s Safeguarding Learning and Development Framework (hyperlink) was significantly revised and updated in April 2021, and is again being updated in 2024. This document provides the framework for safeguarding learning and development across all Church of England communities. This also sets out the core safeguarding learning pathway training modules which are a mandatory requirement determined for individual and particular church roles and responsibilities.
Accessing online training modules
A number of the safeguarding modules are accessed via the Church of England’s National Safeguarding Team’s training portal which can be found here: safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org
To access the training you will need to create a new free User Account (look for ‘create a new account’ below the Church of England logo on the left of the screen)
Safeguarding pathways such as these, which are often done by one person working on their own, can trigger painful memories. It is okay to pause the pathway until it feels comfortable to start again.
Recommended for anyone wanting or needing a Basic Awareness of safeguarding.
- All Church Officers
- Anyone going on to complete any other Church of England safeguarding course
Further optional online training:
This course, from the Clewer Initiative, aims to provide a general understanding of modern slavery and human trafficking, and how concerns relating to it may be recognised and responded to. As yet this module is not mandated as a requirement to be completed, but is recommended for Clergy, Church Community Leaders and Volunteers.
Once again, this may be accessed online via safeguardingtraining.cofeportal.org The link for the course is on the home page and can also be found under the Courses tab, and then Other Courses.
Training Delivered by the Diocesan Safeguarding Team
Our Diocesan Safeguarding Team are here to facilitate and support you with your safeguarding training. We deliver the pathways detailed below via Zoom; using the resources provided by the National Safeguarding Team.
Leadership Training is required for people who significantly influence the culture of their parish. Including, but not limited to:
- All Clergy holding the Bishop’s licence, commission, authorisation, or permission (including PtO where exemption has not been given) including Honorary/Assistant Bishops and Chaplains.
- All Readers and Licensed Lay Ministers holding the Bishop’s licence
- Those with PtO (Permission to Officiate) whose roles involves a high level of work, regularly.
- Honorary/Assistant Bishops and Chaplains
- Churchwardens at a Parish currently without an Incumbent
- PSOs (Parish Safeguarding Officers)
- anyone leading activities in their church role with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults.
This may also include, for example, lay ministry staff employed by a PCC or BMO, locally appointed leaders of new worshipping communities and focal ministers.
The Leadership module is facilitated Zoom, and involves interactive participation in a course of two consecutive two-hour sessions, a week apart, with some preparation in advance as well as follow-up activities to support your learning.
Dates are listed below – you will need to attend both the sessions that you are booked on to receive your certificate.
- Thursday 15 and Thursday 22 February, 10am – 12 noon
- Monday 26 February and Monday 4 March, 2 – 4pm
- Thursday 7 and Thursday 14 March, 10am – 12 noon
- Tuesday 12 and Tuesday 19 March, 6 – 8pm
Please be aware when selecting 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 no later than four working days prior to the first session.
To book a place on a course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org